Online Kids Camp; UPCYCLED!: Turning Waste into Art (10-14 yr olds)

instructor: Koleen Matias

category: Engage kids in eco-friendly art projects that encourage creativity, self-expression, and resourcefulness.

for: 10-14 year olds


August 3-7, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

After extensive consideration for the health and safety of the Verge community, we have decided to switch the direction of our camps into an online experience. There is a potential that as things progress we will add on a few weeks of in-person camps at the end of the Summer but we cannot yet be certain.

We are still working out the structure and specifics.


This class is from August 3-7th, 2020.

Our camp schedule will change from an all-day camp to 3-hour live sessions, in the mornings, and an “open office hour” afterward.


We will be using a combination of two platforms, Zoom and Edmodo. We will send you all information about setting up accounts on those two as soon as possible. Zoom will facilitate online face-to-face interactions through an iPad or computer and will serve as a tool for instruction, demonstrations, and other engagement. Edmodo will be a platform to share tutorials, videos, alternative activities etc. so parents and kids can access them anytime.

We will make a materials pack at Verge that can be picked up by guardians.  In-Store Shopping & Curbside Pickup are available at Blick Art Supplies at their Howe Ave location if you would like extra supplies.


  • Access to an Ipad or computer
  • Access to the internet
  • Zoom and Edmodo accounts (both are free)
  • Guardian involvement for at least the first 30 minutes-1hour
  • A clean working surface to make art close to the computer

Refunds and new prices:

We understand this shift is not ideal for all children and families so we will be accepting full and partial refund requests and processing them on a case-by-case basis. If you cannot join our online camps, we hope you consider making your registration fees, or part of them, a donation to Verge.

Since our hours have changed so have our prices which will now be the following:

Verge Member — $150.00

Non-member — $180.00

Add a sibling (member) — $115.00

Add a sibling (non-member) — $140.00

About this class: 

UPCYCLED!: Turning Waste to Art

What happens to your cereal boxes, used papers, and plastic bags after using them once? Where does it go?

We live in a time where carbon emissions have skyrocketed within a single decade, about 8 million tons of plastic and other non-degradable waste enters our oceans every year, and entire ecosystems vanish due to human-caused practices, such as deforestation, commercial fishing, and overconsumption. It is time we stand together for each other and for our planet. Even during this unprecedented time when we are all at home, there is so much we can do to help our Earth.

Our UPCYCLED! Summer Camp program is designed to engage kids in eco-friendly art projects that encourage creativity, self-expression, and resourcefulness. We will use many nontraditional supplies to make art, such as recycled paper, plastic bags, food coloring, tissue paper, and more items you may already have at home! Lessons are also designed to introduce art concepts, such as color theory and composition. Alongside making fun projects, kids will participate in daily eco-talks, which give them a chance to learn more about their environment, how to reduce waste on a daily basis, and how to develop an earth-conscious mindset. The ultimate purpose of this class is to teach kids that no one is too small to make a difference or have an artistic voice in the fight against climate change.


Financial aid scholarships are available for students in the Sacramento area who qualify for a free or reduced lunch at school. Please email to apply for a scholarship.


Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.

If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, he or she must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50 percent of the total class fee. No refunds are given on withdrawals once the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.