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CEPA Art Gallery: Summer Youth Camps

Buffalo’s CEPA Art Gallery will be offering an excellent opportunity for young people who are interested in photography to improve their knowledge and skills with the gallery’s Summer Youth Camps.  The camps are going to be divided into two sessions, the first will be for kids ages 13-17 and will run from July 27-31, and the second session for youngsters ages 8-12 will go from August 3-7.

Lauren Tent has been the gallery’s education director for the last ten years, and says that the gallery has been running summer youth programs since before she started working there.  She adds, “This year we have a new program that’s different than what we’ve had in years past, because we’ve collaborated with Just Buffalo Literary Center.  This year it’s going to be a little more advanced, and geared more towards kids who are more serious about photography and writing, and want to make a portfolio.”

cepa2.jpgStudents will work in groups and one-on-one with the gallery’s teaching artists, who are all certified art teachers.  The workshops will teach kids photography skills, such as taking shots, developing them, and manipulating them on the computer.  The workshops will teach students critical skills as well. “How to view photographs, look at them from different viewpoints, and interpret them,” Tent explains.  Since the gallery has partnered with Just Buffalo  Literary Center this year, students will also have an opportunity to work with a writer from the center to compose a cover statement for their portfolio, as well as poetry and prose pieces to go along with their photographs.  At the end of the program, each student will have a finished portfolio including landscape, documentary, and portrait photos, as well as their writing pieces.  Students are encouraged to use their own cameras if possible, but cameras can be provided if needed.

The workshops will take place at the CEPA Art Gallery’s location in the Market Arcade building in the Theater District.  The gallery’s facilities include a dark room and a computer lab.  This program also offers kids a chance to have their work shown for the public, because the gallery will hold an exhibit that will include some of the students’ work from the camps sometime either in the coming fall or the spring of next year. 

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For more information on the program please contact Lauren Tent at 716.856.2717 or at  There is also more information available about this program and other educational events and workshops run by CEPA on their website.

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