SMART camp ends with a showcase


Posted: Aug 07, 2022 8:00 AM

The second summer session of the SMART (Summer Music and Art) camp ended on July 29 with a presentation of the talents and creations of the students.

SMART, offered by Newtown Continuing Education, was led by Katherine Abrego for the second session of the program this summer.

This year, the SMART program has offered K-6 students the opportunity to take a range of rotating classes – such as Print Making, Clay Workshop, Mixing Musicians, Passport to Art, Printmaking, Yoga for Youngsters, Musical Theater Production and Performance Workshop, and whimsical watercolors and acrylics. The program was held this year at Newtown High School and the showcase took place in the school cafe.

Newtown Director of Continuing Education Jennifer Arnold attended the July 29 showcase and said the students this summer were creative and engaged.

“Overall it was a really good summer,” said Arnold.

Student artwork and other creations made during the second session of SMART Camp were displayed on tables throughout the cafe, and students, accompanied by their parents, stopped at each table to view this that the campers had created and picking up their own works.

Then, when everything was put together, the students of a dance class performed, and finally, the students of the musical theater production and interpretation workshop with instructor and director Michael Cappiello took over the stage to interpret scenes from The sound of music.

The smiling faces of the campers seemed to underline Arnold’s summary of the summer: “It was a wonderful summer.”

Education Editor Eliza Hallabeck can be reached at [email protected]

Riley DeShay picks up a musical instrument and other artwork she created at the SMART Camp showcase on July 29. —Bee Photos, Hallabeck

Sister and brother Charlotte and Rowan Rocco watch a slideshow on a laptop of SMART Camp student creations during the July 29 showcase.

SMART Camp dancers perform at the showcase on July 29.

SMART Camp students and their parents pick up art creations during the showcase on July 29.

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