Summer Arts

For its 10th year, Buxton’s Summer Arts is excited to offer programming for children, ages 6 and up. The programs will run from 10:00AM – 3:00PM each day, with an hour for lunch, when campers will picnic outside and engage in supervised interactive games and activities on Buxton’s pastoral campus. A small, afternoon snack and all other materials are provided. For an additional fee, childcare is available for the week from 9-10am, and 3-5pm, if desired. Please contact Summer Program Director, Peter Smith

Word Play – July 1-5

Word Play is a celebration of the power of words. In a fun and mutually supportive setting, kids develop a personal writing portfolio and have the chance to share their literary creations with each other, and with friends and family at the culmination of the week’s writing. Open to 2nd through 6th graders.

Please note: Word Play will meet 9-1 Mon- Weds and 9-2 on Friday July 5th. There will be no session on July 4th

Jane Denitz Smith has published three YA novels (Mary by Myself, Charlie is a Chicken, and Fairy Dust), a picture book (&Baby&Kitty&Mommy&Daddy), and is a working playwright in the Berkshires and NYC. She teaches middle-grade English at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown. She has loved guiding her young authors at WORD PLAY for over 10 years.





Cartoonist Workshop – July 15-19

Become a cartoonist in one week! In this camp, we’ll start out creating our own characters, and end up with a finished comic book. We will learn the basics of cartooning and self-publishing through both collaborative and solo projects, ranging from autobiographical comic strips, to one panel gags, and even superhero battles. Throughout the week we will each be working on our own comic book, and at the end of the week we’ll host a mini comic convention with our self-published work. All drawing levels and abilities are welcome. Ages 9 and up.

Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in Adams, MA. She has a masters from The Center for Cartoon Studies and has led numerous workshops on cartooning and drawing throughout Berkshire County, and beyond. You can see her work online, including her non-fiction collaboration with journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore, at You can also read her weekly comic strip for The Chicago Reader, called “Violet, Private Eye” at


CERAMICS & ART – August 5-9

Come join Amrita Lash and Melissa Mendes for an adventurous week of making unique art and getting messy while exploring ways to artistically express oneself! All classes will be structured with ample opportunity to find one’s creative voice while working with fabulous tactile materials! Ceramics will include learning to throw on the wheel, making functional and abstract sculptures with coils, slabs, colored slips, and glazes. Studio Arts will include fiber arts, painting, crafting with recycled materials, drawing comics, bookmaking, printmaking, & more!  A casual culminating art show will take place Friday at the end of the day and an optional ceramics glazing class will occur the following Monday. Time TBD. Ages 6-13

Amrita Lash has been teaching ceramics at Buxton School since 2003, and has been making ceramic art and teaching throughout the Berkshires since 2008. Her art and teaching reflect her enthusiasm for community, the natural world, and telling stories through clay. Working with young people has been a life-long joy for her.

Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist and crafter who lives in Adams. She studied art at Hampshire College and is an avid crochet-er. She has led multiple arts and cooking summer camps at the Robert C. Parker school for the past few years and she also organized an after school club there called Doodle Club. Since 2006 she has been teaching comics and drawing workshops to all ages, both in the Berkshires and in Providence, RI.


Science and logic- August 12-16

Our “Science and Logic” program is an interactive week of exploring the world that we live in through a unique combination of the laboratory sciences and abstract reasoning. Our week will reflect the modern scientific method, requiring logical reasoning, understanding of computation, and fundamental experimentation, packaged in games and activities that excite and engage. Our activities will include word and number puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, geocaching, computer science, experiments in buoyancy, light filtration, and an exploration of the diversity of nature in the Berkshires. All classes will be structured with ample opportunity to think outside the box, experience hands-on learning and engage in a fun-filled environment!

Age Limits: The camp will be appropriate for students entering the 3rd grade or above, and focused for those entering late elementary or early middle school. If you have questions about your child’s individual situation, feel free to contact Micah directly.

Micah Manary has been a STEM educator for over a decade, and currently is a high school math and science teacher at Buxton. He has taught at and directed summer camps in Missouri, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and loves sharing his own passion for math and science with younger generations.




Get your Mise en Place: it’s Thyme to Cook! Join Buxton School Chef, Heather Mumford, for a week dedicated to the most fun (and tasty) art of all: CULINARY ARTS! From Brunoise to Béchamel, we’ll learn the basics of cooking and kitchen skills, while taking an in-depth look into the art of culinary. We will also incorporate Farm-to-Table by sourcing ingredients from Buxton’s very own garden! For beginners or the already established young home chef, there is something for everyone in this week-long culinary camp. Ages 8-12

Heather Mumford  has been a food service professional for over twenty years, the last six of which have been spent working with children of various ages. She has worked in a broad spectrum of kitchens, from mom-and-pop, to corporate, to schools. While vegetarian cooking is Heather’s strong point, she thrives on learning new techniques and embraces culinary challenges in all aspects of cuisine.



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