AVA Online Summer Camps

Summer Camp

Sign Up for Online Summer Camps Today!

Have you heard about the exciting, all-inclusive, really flexible, one-price-fits-all, seven-week summer camp at AVA?

AVA’s online camps have just begun, and it’s not too late to sign up!

For a single fee of $175 $75* (with a 15% discount for family members) all households will have access to an entire menu of live Zoom summer camp classes from some of AVA’s most beloved and seasoned instructors for the entire summer, July 6-August 21!

*Prorated for the rest of the summer

Every day (M-Th) will be devoted to a different theme and Fridays will feature live artist demos from AVA artists, including teens! Lessons will be at 9:30, 11:30, and 1:30 each day. Additional surprise classes may pop up at any time. Anyone can join any lesson at any time, and at least one lesson each day will be specifically designed for kids ages 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12.

Mondays – Art Through the Ages with Allison Zito: Students will work on art projects inspired by the history of Art, from ancient Greece and Rome all the way to the modern era. 9:30-10:30 am – ages 6-7; 11:30 am-12:30 pm – ages 8-9; 1:30-2:30 pm – ages 10-12

Tuesdays – Imagination Workshop with Beth McGee: Students will use their imaginations to create fantastical creations, characters, and worlds. 9:30-10:30 am – ages 8-9; 11:30 am-12:30 pm – ages 10-12; 1:30-2:30 pm – ages 6-7

Wednesdays – Art & Nature with Nina Silitch: Students will create art pieces rooted in the natural world, combining art making materials with found objects from nature. 9:30-10:30 am – ages 10-12; 11:30 am-12:30 pm – ages 6-7; 1:30-2:30 pm – ages 8-9

Thursdays – Drawing & Painting with Karl Neubauer: These projects will give students a foundation in the fundamentals of drawing and painting with light, shadow, line and color. 9:30-10:30 am – ages 6-7; 11:30 am-12:30 pm – ages 8-9; 1:30-2:30 pm – ages 10-12

Fridays – Artists at Work: Different AVA artists will be demonstrating their artistic practices and techniques throughout the day: 9:30-10:30 am; 11:30 am-12:30 pm; and 1:30-2:30 pm; with a special demonstration by AVA High School artist, Layne Kull, 10:30-11:30 AM – Digital Painting & Drawing for ages 10-12. * For Digital Drawing & Painting: use of an iPad and “ArtStudio Pro for iOS” app strongly recommended; use of a stylus is also suggested.

NEW BONUS: Week-long Classes!

Watercolor Bootcamp for Teens with Jennifer Brown – July 20-24, 10:30-11:30 PM
$75 for Non-Summer Camp Registrants**
Learn the basics of watercolor painting and have fun with transparent color. In this class you can get started painting in this light and liquid medium and have fun trying different approaches. There is no experience necessary; this class is designed specifically for Teens. This class will happen online, with virtual lessons and critiques, via Zoom meetings. A list of required materials will be sent to students.
Non-Summer Camp Registrants:  Click Here to Register

Digital Animation with Paula Allen of PollyZoom for ages 10-12 – July 27-31, 10:30-11:30 AM
Digital Animation with Paula Allen of PollyZoom for ages 13-16 – July 27-31, 12:30-1:30 PM
$75 for Non-Summer Camp Registrants**   
This class will give you the skills to take your story or drawings and bring them to life. Learn about script writing, storyboarding, 2-D animation techniques and more. If you enjoy new media and digital art, then these are the perfect classes for you. Students will learn animation character design, background design, animation drawing techniques and more.

Non-Summer Camp Registrants: Click Here to Register for 10-12 year-olds Click Here to Register for 13-16 year-olds

**If you are already registered for summer camp, tuition for week-long teen classes is included, but space is limited.
Please email Nick Gaffney – nick@aallery.org – to register asap!

Register For Camp and/or Purchase An Art Kit

Custom made Art Material Kits will be available before camps begin for an additional purchase of $80, and can be picked-up directly at AVA beginning July 2. Purchasing the art kits is encouraged, as many of the weekly camp projects will require specific materials.Click here to see a list of what is included in the art material kits. (Though AVA encourages families to use our curbside, no-touch pickup to receive their purchased art kits, we can also mail them to you for an additional fee. Delivery by July 6 cannot be guaranteed. If you would like your art kit to be mailed, please email education manager Nick Gaffney at nick@avagallery.org before purchasing them via the registration links.)

Donate An Art Kit  Please click here if you would like to donate money towards an art kit for a camper in need.

Tell Me About Scholarships Click here for more information about scholarships.

AVA Summer 2020 Camp Instructors

Allison Zito (Art Through the Ages) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a considerable variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has been teaching Studio Art in the Upper Valley with excellent results at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, ArtisTree, and Claremont Maker Space. Allison Zito was awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and art educator. In 2019 Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency at The Claremont Maker Space. There she created an art installation addressing the issue of “Global Warming” and she organized a symposium on site, to inspire positive action within the community. Making a statement and expressing herself through art; is the cornerstone of Allison’s career, as an artist and art educator.


Beth McGee (Imagination Workshop) is a teacher, artist, scenic painter, costume designer and mom in Thetford, VT. Born and raised in Hanover, NH, and Pretoria, South Africa, Beth graduated from Dartmouth College, where she concentrated on visual arts and mathematics, and studied costume design with Margaret Spicer. Beth has costumed over 30 shows, including 4 years as costumer for The Christmas Revels in Hanover. Recent theatrical projects include costume design for The Lion King at Crossroads Academy; Antigone and The Insanity of Mary Girard at Thetford Academy; Willy Wonka at the Lyme School; Spinning into Butter for the Parish Players in Thetford; and Man of La Mancha at the Briggs Opera House (whenever we can get back into theaters!) Beth enjoys the challenge of drawing photorealistic portraits and painting large murals, but has found her passion using art – and her sewing machine – to bring stories to life on stage. She loves inspiring students of all ages to experience that artistic magic for themselves.

Nina Silitch (Art & Nature) received her BA in visual arts from Dartmouth College with a concentration in sculpture and an M.Ed from Lesley University with a focus on integrating the arts into the curriculum. Nina brings to her classroom over 25 years of experience teaching with a goal of spreading the joy of creativity to her students. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school grades in public, private, and international schools. In 2018 she returned to the Upper Valley with her family to work as the head of the art department at Cardigan Mountain School. When not in the classroom, you might find her running on the local trails, watercolor painting wildflowers, or perfecting her sourdough recipe.


This photo of Karl Neubauer is a link and also educational to the AVA audience because he is describing the process of organizing the basement of the AVA Gallery and Art Center

Karl Neubauer (Drawing & Painting) has been a studio artist and artisan for thirty years. His work can be found in shops and galleries throughout the US and locally at The Artisan’s Hand in Montpelier, The North East Kingdom Artisan’s Guild in St Johnsbury, Catamount Arts Gallery in St Johnsbury, and AVA Gallery.  He has been teaching art to young people in and out of public school for over seven years.


Layne Kull (Digital Drawing & Painting) is a 15 year-old sophomore at Hanover High School. She has been attending AVA art camps for most of her life and has also worked as a camp assistant. AVA helped inspire and nurture her passion for art. She has been dabbling in digital art for about four years and has taken several Photoshop classes. Her dedication to practicing on her own time has allowed her to become familiar and comfortable with software like Photoshop and ArtStudioPro. Her techniques and processes for creating completely original pieces of digital art are inspiring.


Jennifer Brown (Watercolor Bootcamp) began her art career at a young age making woodblock prints in her family kitchen. She majored in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and earned a degree in art and education from Vermont College as a parent and working adult. Most recently she has taken painting and printmaking workshops at Art New England in Bennington, VT, as well as continuing to study oil painting with painter, Peter Granucci. She explores nature, landscapes, and figures in the landscape using primarily watercolor and gouache.

Paula Allen of PollyZoom (Digital Animation) has dedicated much of her career in the arts to children’s programming and the education in visual arts, performing arts and animation. Over the last few years, Paula has created online programs for kids that are affordable and that bring out their potential as artists, creatives and individuals. Pollyzoom’s unique online interactive classes have attracted students on both East Coast and West Coast. See the animation character design pictured below by talented middle school student Ocean for Pollyzoom’s new animated film on Sea Turtles! Kids can all take class from home! Paula taps into vast knowledge of the arts. She holds a B.S. in Art Education, a MA in Theatre Arts, and MFA in Film, New Media and Animation, the latter from the prestigious Vermont College of Fine Art. She is also in partnership with The Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton New York for an online class started together last October. For information on how to join the Pollyzoom Family of artists and animators visit www.pollyzoom.com.