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July 22 -25th; July 29-August 1st
(50 min segments with breaks for snack)

MON-TUES of each week: TOSS studio (510 E Fleming Dr.)
W-TH of each week: Catawba Meadows Park (701 Sanford Dr.)   

Register for one or two weeks using the tabs above!
Camper must sign up for one whole week (M-Th).
Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

One week: $60
Two weeks: $120

Week Themes


Week #1

Can we Catawba?
July 22-25
Our greenway follows 3.8 miles of the Catawba River in Morganton city limits. During this week of art making, we will use different mediums to learn about our beautiful river, its vast resources, and what it means be good stewards. During both weeks we will hatch our plans for an epic art scavenger hunt to take place on the greenway, August 10th. Projects will be adapted for two classes ages 5-9 and 10-13.


Week #2

About that Aquatic
July 29-August 1
Fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals… trees, flowering wild plants, and shrubs…. Fauna and flora anyone? During week two we will use a variety of art mediums to learn about the marvelous life in and around the Catawba. During both weeks we will hatch our plans for an epic art scavenger hunt to take place on the greenway, August 10th. Projects will be adapted for two classes ages 5-9 and 10-13.


Art Teacher Bios

Hannah Thrower graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Art Education k-12 and has 5 years of teaching experience. She loves to paint, draw, and sculpt and also loves being active through outlets such as hiking, running, and lifting.  Favorite quote? “The mind, once stretched by new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kirksey Lowther, an artist/educator, can be found these days floating about Morganton usually with her baby in tow and arms full of things to take to TOSS. Kirksey is a teacher and artist in residence at The Old School Studio and finds that the highlight of her day comes frequently between 3 and 5 pm inside a room full of creative scribbles and a clamber of bustling young artists. Kirksey deals mostly within the realm of painting and fiber art. Her newest obsession has been learning to weave. 

Nora C. Mosrie is a visual artist, folk singer, and musician with over thirty years of professional experience. She is dedicated to sharing her enthusiasm for the arts and actively involved in local and regional communities through events, art exhibitions, music performances, and as a teaching artist. Nora is a native of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and deeply connected to the rich cultural heritage of the region. She finds the natural world to be filled with beauty and intrigue; inspiring colorful abstract paintings, clay sculptures, and monochromatic drawings.

Kathryn Ervin is an art educator and artist.  She has spent the last five years investigating the technical and conceptual terms of visual art. Since accepting her BFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University in 2014, she has ventured a number of interdisciplinary projects that include digital, sculptural, and 2 dimensional media. In the future, she plans to develop her practice in terms of social action and collaborative activities.

Susan McRae started sewing her own doll clothes at an early age and quickly learned to embroider, crochet and knit; in 1970 she began weaving. She was able to fulfill her life-long dream of opening her own shop in 2013 and is now able to pursue and share these interests full time. 

Frances Hairfield For over thirty years, Frances Hairfield has dedicated her artistic career to the time honored traditions of oil painting and drawing. She makes her home in Western North Carolina, where she divides her creative life between her family’s mountain homestead and her idyllic Victorian home and studio in the foothills.   Whether painting the region’s majestic natural attractions through Plein air painting or referencing local textiles and crafts in still life painting, Hairfield’s art mirrors her local environment and its diverse culture and heritage.

Camp Policies

Cancellation Policy: A refund is given to students who cancel 10 days or more prior to the class start date. Students who cancel enrollment within 10 days of the first class will not receive a refund.  If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, registrants will be notified by email or phone within 24 – 48 hours of the first class. Registrants will be given the opportunity to transfer to another class or issued a refund.
What to Wear / What to Bring:  Kids will get messy so make sure your child wears appropriate clothing and footwear (sneakers are best).  A smock or apron will be provided but be advised that clay and paint will still sneak on to sleeves, collars, and uncovered areas. It is not fool proof! TOSS will provide a snack daily.  Please notify us if your child has special dietary needs. TOSS is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.
Drop Off / Pick Up:  Parents and guardians should walk their students into the studio or designated space (The Catawba picnic area when we meet at the park) to drop students off and pick students up.  Instructors will not allow children to leave the group until a parent or guardian arrives for pick up. TOSS can ONLY be responsible for children/students during the hours for which they are registered.  Parents and children are welcome to enter the classroom at the stated start time but students will not be supervised by the instructor before or after class time.  
Art Pick Up:  Most project will be ready to take home the day of, or the week of the camp. However some (like ceramics) will take more time. Items that are used during the Art Scavenger hunt will be abailable for pick up in our studio the week of August 12th-16th. We strongly recommend that you bring your child with you to help identify the project.  
Make-up sessions: Unlike TOSSafter, missed days for camp time will not be offered.  Art projects that are not completed during art camp must be taken home to complete. Art camp instructors will not offer additional class time to complete projects.