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West Side Montessori school enrolling for youth Summer Art Colony camps

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
Lily Rhodes, 7, (foreground) works on an art project at Charleston Montessori School. Courtesy photo

Charleston Montessori School’s annual Summer Art Colony camps in June are enrolling children ages 3 years through fifth grade.

Each five-day camp will be held on the CMS campus at 319 Washington St., W., on Charleston’s West Side.

The camps will include:

Primary Art Colony (ages 3-5 years)

The Primary Art Colony camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9.

Classes will include:

• Art

• KinderMusik

• Yoga/mindfulness

• Cooking

• Music movement.

The fee for the Primary Art Colony camp is $150 per child.

• Elementary Art Colony (grades one-five)

The Elementary Art Colony will be held the following week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16. Classes will include:

• Creative writing

• Nature art

• Indigenous songwriting

• World music

• Film

• Acting

• Logo design

• Yoga/mindfulness

• ChemARTistry.

Camp Director Alasha Al-Qudwah said ChemARTistry is a new class at the third-year camp.

“We had a STEM specialist, Michael Parsons, come in and work with the students all year,” Al-Qudwah explained. “We started brainstorming with him, and thought this would be a really cool science class for the camp. The campers will be making their own paints and colors, learn how lights are interpreted and do other hands-on activities that bridge art and science. It’ll be really exciting.”

The Elementary Art Colony camp fee is $200 per child.

Al-Qudwah said last year’s Primary Art Colony had approximately 25 campers, while 25 to 30 youngsters participated in the Elementary Art Colony.

“It keeps evolving in a really fruitful direction,” she said. “We’ve had children from as far away as Parkersburg and Ripley attend. Last year, we had campers from Teays Valley and from a farm near Clay County. We have a few travelers.”

To register for the camps or obtain more information, call Charleston Montessori School at 304-340-9000 or direct email correspondence to

A member of the International Montessori Council, Charleston Montessori School provides Montessori education enhanced by specialists in music, art, home economics, STEM and physical education for children ages 3 to 12. The school provides Orton-Gillingham-based tutoring for children who have difficulty with reading, spelling and writing, as well.

More than 50 students attended Charleston Montessori School this year. Friday, May 26 will be the end of the current school year. The fall 2017-18 term will begin on Aug. 18.

More information about Charleston Montessori School is also available at


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