Summer Art at the Bothwell

The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center said this week that it will offer “Summer Art at the Bothwell” day camps for ages 4-17 this summer with limited registration because of current COVID-19 guidelines.

Three week-long sessions will be offered, beginning in July, with no more than 10 students per age group, 4-6, 7-10, and 11 and older.

The camps, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, will offer lessons taught by professional artists using a variety of media. Sessions will be held July 6-10, July 20—24, and Aug. 3-7. The cost is $350 per session.

The current series of online art classes, “Spring into Summer,” has also been extended through June 25.

Taught by Visual Arts Manager Anne Giancola, the twice-weekly lessons are designed for children ages 5-10. Each lesson requires materials commonly found in homes and combines art techniques with a child’s personal style and creative ideas. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Zoom and cost $15 per week.

Giancola’s “Map Making Art,” a new online class for all ages that connects geography with art, will be offered just once, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. Cost is $10.

Other online classes include:

• “How to Make a Song,” taught by Chris Ansuini, who has led “Rock Camp” sessions at the Bothwell in the past. The classes, to be held once a week on Tuesday evenings beginning July 7, will teach song structure, music theory, and how to use different sounds and classic beats to build a digital song using an inexpensive app. The 90-minute classes are designed for ages 12 and up and will be taught on Zoom through August. The cost is $350.

• Livermore’s poet laureate, Cynthia Patton, will also teach a one-week online creative writing class, at 10 a.m. from July 13-17, for students ages 8-17 who want to explore new ways to turn creative ideas into words on paper. Cost is $25.

• Local artist Thomasin Dewhurst will teach a four-session series of adult art classes in painting and drawing starting June 10.

To register or for more information on classes and camps being offered by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, go to