Summer Programs

Summer Programs


PDS offers a wide array of unique summer program for children and young adults:

  • Young Adventures Programs (ages 4–11) focus on joyful learning and exploration in the arts, imagination, cooking and nature. French and Spanish language immersion will also be offered.
  • Music Programs (ages 12–18) featuring the highly regarded Jazz Camp features professional musicians and amazing guest artists. Special for Summer 2021, Jazz Camp will be hosted at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY!
  • Photography Programs (grades 7-12) for new and advanced photographers interested in sharpening their observational skills while developing a set of cohesive images that tell a story about their home.
  • Dance Programs for the very young (ages 2–6) that mix imaginative play with ballet, tap, hip-hop, creative movement, arts & crafts, games, and so much more; and Dance Intensives (ages 7–12) for beginner and intermediate level dancers featuring ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip-hop, and much more! We’re thrilled to have the Dance Conservatory of Los Angeles presenting this new program. Please note that you may not register for Dance Programs on this website. Instead, please visit www.DanceconservatoryLA.com


Discounts & Promotions
:

Register for summer programs by June 1, 2021, to take advantage of Early-Bird Saving!

  • Register for 2 programs (excluding Dance) and get 4% off each program! (Promo code = 2CAMP)
  • Register for 3 programs (excluding Dance) and get 4.5% off each program! (Promo code = 3CAMP)
  • Register for 4 programs (excluding Dance) and get 5% off each program! (Promo code = 4CAMP)

 

This is a class for new and advanced photographers interested in developing a personal project. Students will complete the class with a photo series consisting of 15 – 20 photographs and a written project statement.
How do photographs change our understanding of a familiar place? What if we abandon our constant search for the new and look to spaces we know already? Whether in a small town or city, an apartment or house, look close enough with a camera and you’ll find your own home is interesting and worth exploring. In this course, students will develop a set of cohesive
images that tells a story about their home. Weekly photography assignments and in-class exercises will aid students in sharpening their observational skills as they learn to talk about their photographs. Visual presentations on contemporary artists will provide additional examples and ideas for students to consider as they complete their projects.

Class Length / Meeting Times:
– 8 Weeks / 1x Per Week
– Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Materials:
Students will need a digital camera, smartphone, tablet, DSLR, and point-and-shoot cameras are all welcome.


Instructor :
Sasha Bush
Dates : June 25, 2021 – August 13, 2021 : Meets on Fridays
Times : 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $440.00
Registration

This is a class for new and advanced photographers interested in developing a personal project. Students will complete the class with a photo series consisting of 15 – 20 photographs and a written project statement.

How do photographs change our understanding of a familiar place? What if we abandon our constant search for the new and look to spaces we know already? Whether in a small town or city, an apartment or house, look close enough with a camera and you’ll find your own home is interesting and worth exploring. In this course, students will develop a set of cohesive
images that tells a story about their home. Weekly photography assignments and in-class exercises will aid students in sharpening their observational skills as they learn to talk about their photographs. Visual presentations on contemporary artists will provide additional examples and ideas for students to consider as they complete their projects.

Class Length / Meeting Times:
– 8 Weeks / 1x Per Week
– Class Length: 2 Hours

Class Materials:
Students will need a digital camera, smartphone, tablet, DSLR, and point-and-shoot cameras are all welcome


Instructor :
Sasha Bush
Dates : June 21, 2021 – August 9, 2021 : Meets on Mondays
Times : 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $440.00
Registration

Week #1 : July 5th – July 9th, 2021

During this exciting week, campers investigate the natural world and express it through art. We will explore the outdoors, looking for all sorts of living creatures, plant life and scenic views to then express creatively using different media. We will focus on sketching, painting, print making, and sculpture as our main forms of expression.There will be one half-day of plein air painting and a mini exhibit of the campers’ work will round out the week.

About the instructor:
Debby Brooks has been teaching art to children for over thirty years. She is passionate about getting students to experience the joys of art making and feeling that amazing sense of accomplishment in the process. In her spare time, Debby especially enjoys working with paint and clay, and walking the many trails in the Poughkeepsie area with Gracie and Spencer, her dogs, and with Gerry, her husband.


Instructor :
Debra Brooks
Dates : July 5, 2021 – July 9, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 13 seats available
Fees : $325.00
Registration

Week #2 : July 12th – July 16th, 2021

Ever wanted to have your own dragon? In this week-long camp, artists will make a small clay dragon and castle. We will also create our own dragon wings and invent dragon games to play outside. Artists will sew a dragon puppet and create a dragon and/or castle painting. The week will culminate with a presentation of all the work campers create.

About the instructor:
Debby Brooks has been teaching art to children for over thirty years. She is passionate about getting students to experience the joys of art-making and feeling that amazing sense of accomplishment in the process. In her spare time, Debby especially enjoys working with paint and clay and walking the many trails in the Poughkeepsie area with Gracie and Spencer, her dogs, and Gerry, her husband.


Instructor :
Debra Brooks
Dates : July 12, 2021 – July 16, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $325.00
Registration

Week #3 : July 19th – July 23rd, 2021

Water fun will be a week full of games with water, playing in the sprinklers, jumping in and out of small pools, and taking a run and jump on a splash and slide! Enjoying the hot summer days cooling off, and being outside is the perfect way to spend the week! Outdoor games and obstacle courses will be created for movement and fun. Indoors (or bad weather) campers will be engaged with different centers around the room, creating playdough, goop, and many other sensory objects that they can take home!


Dates : July 19, 2021 – July 23, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 13 seats available
Fees : $325.00
Registration

Week #4 : July 26th – July 30th, 2021

The early summer forest is a magical place! During this week of camp, students will learn a variety of simple outdoor building techniques. They will use natural materials such as leaves, and branches to create a village of forts and fairy houses. Once their structures are created, the week will be spent improving their designs and participating in imaginative play.


Dates : July 26, 2021 – July 30, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $325.00
Registration

Week #5 : August 2nd – August 6th, 2021

Young Adventures: Water Fun! (Week 2), for ages 4-11

August 2, 2021 – August 6, 2021 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Water fun will be a week full of games with water, playing in the sprinklers, jumping in and out of small pools, and taking a run and jump on a splash and slide! Enjoying the hot summer days cooling off, and being outside is the perfect way to spend the week! Outdoor games and obstacle courses will be created for movement and fun. Indoors (or bad weather) campers will be engaged with different centers around the room, creating playdough, goop, and many other sensory objects that they can take home!


Dates : August 2, 2021 – August 6, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $325.00
Registration

Music: Jazz Camp, for Ages 12-18

August 2, 2021 – August 6, 2021 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Open to Hudson Valley area students of all levels, this camp features professional regional musicians as teachers and guest artists. Students focus on building instrumental skills, music appreciation, and leadership in a joyful, collaborative, and supportive atmosphere.
For more detailed information please call us at 845.462.7600 or visit
Jazz Camp Website

Please do not call The Falcon.


Instructors :
William Fiore
Kenneth McGloin
Dates : August 2, 2021 – August 6, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : The Falcon in Marlboro, NY
Seats : 19 seats available
Fees : $500.00
Registration

Week #6 : August 9th – August 13th, 2021

Welcome to a week of sorcery, charms, alchemy, and spells! Make a wand to harness your powers. Cook up fun potions, design your own cape, and practice casting spells. Practice quidditch and brush up on your herbology by learning more about plants, flowers, and herbs. We work together to make magic happen. Magical games and a mystical scavenger hunt will round out this amazing week.


Dates : August 9, 2021 – August 13, 2021
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center
Seats : 17 seats available
Fees : $325.00
Registration