SUMMER Camps For 2018

Spend the full day with us for Fine Arts Camp, or focus your energy on a Summer Intensive!

Registration for all summer events now open!


Avoid the most dreaded phrase of summertime: “Mom, I’m bored!” Plan now to spend your days at AOA Fine Arts Camp! Each day features new activities and a piece of art that you can take home that very afternoon. We’ll explore the world of theatre with high energy games, make some musical magic, and create original art with clay and other mediums. Veteran teacher Paul Foreman will be joining AOA again this summer as Clay Instructor. Offering 5 one-week sessions; join us for as many camps as you’d like!


9:00am–3:00pm,  Mon-Fri

Ages 8-12     $150/week*

Week One:  June 18-22

Week Two:  July 9-13

Week Three:  July 16-20

Week Four:  July 23-27

Week Five:  July 30-Aug 3



Intensives are designed for students who want to focus their creative energy on a specific discipline. With options for both beginning and advanced students, these camps offer concentrated content and hands-on experiences. Check out the offerings below, and visit often–we’ll be adding new intensives all spring!

LITERARY: Creative Writing w/ Douglas Quinn

Mon/Wed/Fri       July 9th-20th     10am-3pm*

Grades 4-12          $95

*Students should bring a bag lunch each day.

The author of over 35 books, Douglas Quinn will guide students in developing individual works of short fiction. Students’ work will be published as a trade-paperback collection of stories and made available for sale on Amazon and at Arts of the Albemarle. Each student will receive two complimentary copies of the published book.

Learn more about Douglas Quinn and find his books HERE!

THEATRE: Actors in Motion!

   Mon-Fri       July 9th-20th     10am-3pm

   Grades 7-12          $250

The actor’s training is similar to that of a musician, practicing with an instrument to gain the best possible skills. It is the finetuning of the body – and the voice – that enables the actor to achieve the highest level of expressiveness in their art.

    –Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

We’re all familiar with vocal training to develop our voices and vocal expression— movement training for actors has the same benefits for our physical performance on stage! Join professional director, choreographer, and movement specialist Jodye Carroll Underwood for two fun and challenging weeks of focused movement training. Working from an existing script, students will explore strategies to strengthen the body, enliven the imagination, and create a characters’ physical life on the stage. The intensive will culminate with a performance for friends and family on the Maguire Theatre stage at Arts of the Albemarle.

Learn more about Jodye Carroll Underwood HERE!

THEATRE: Tales of the Arabian Nights

Mon-Fri              July 23rd–August 3rd     10am-3pm

Grades 3-6          $250

Explore the world of theatre, develop rehearsal skills, and meet new friends who share your love of being on stage! Open to all experience levels, this two-week intensive allows young actors to explore developing a character, working as an ensemble, and many other exciting facets of staging a live production. Professional director Jo Ellen Aspinwall uses a mix of theatre games, improvisation, and script work as students prepare to perform a one-act version of Tales of the Arabian Nights. The experience culminates in a performance for friends and family on the Maguire Theatre stage at Arts of the Albemarle.

Learn more about Jo Ellen Aspinwall HERE!

FILM: Professor Whelan’s Brainatorium for Illusions, Tall-Tales, and Cinematic Tutelage (Otherwise Known as Summer Film Camp)

M/W/F June 18th-29th                9am-3pm*                   

Grades 7-12               $300

Port Discover and Arts of the Albemarle team up to present an intensive that will engage both the technical and the creative sides of your brain! In this two-week experience, young filmmakers will learn documentary technique while creating an original short film.  After writing and designing the script, they will work hands-on with professional equipment to shoot and edit their stories.  All experience levels are welcome; this intensive meets on the ECSU campus. Register by phone at 252-338-6455 or at Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City.

*Students should bring a bag lunch each day