Youth CAMPS!

For the first time ever, Artisan Alley is hosting camps for kids! From fashion design  to making murals to making the band, there are many ways for youth from ages 6 to 16 to express themselves! Our experienced camp staff is busy designing a summer of creativity for your child.

All Artisan Alley youth summer camps will be held at our downtown location at 222 West Second, across from Wendy’s / Kroger.

Camp drop-off is 9:00am and pickup is 4:00pm. Early drop-off / late pick-up is available – please inquire with the camp director, Rachael Himsel at classes AT artisanalley  DOT com. All camps are open to children ages 6-16 with campers grouped by age within each camp. A minimum of 10 campers is required to run each camp, with a maximum of 25 campers. Payment is due with registration.


Learn to sew and give new life to old clothes!

June 26 – July 7
(Camp will be held on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4)
Section A: Ages 6-10, Section B: Ages 11-16

Campers will learn the basics of sewing and be taught how to piece fabric together to make clothing or tote bags. They will upcycle old clothes, scraps of material, and other found / recycled objects and create an item which they will  model in our fashion show on the last day of camp at 6pm! They will also get to meet local fabric artists and see their work.

Cost: $250

Instructors: Rachael Himsel & Kayla Prather

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Go beyond the basics and learn about various styles of drawing

JULY 10- JULY 21
Section A: Ages 6-10, Section B: Ages 11-16

Campers will learn the basics of color theory, drawing, and composition. Based on their interests and previous experience, they will learn more about a variety of styles and media. They will create at least one 2-D and one 3-D piece, and a group mural. Special guest artists will also share their own work with campers. We will unveil their work in a gallery show at 6pm on the last day of camp!

Cost: $275, includes $25 materials fee

Instructor: Rachael Himsel

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GIRLS ROCK - Kid's Music Summer Camp @ Artisan Alley in Bloomington, IndianaGIRLS ROCK!

Make friends, make music, make the band!

Section A: Ages 6-10, Section B: Ages 11-16

Girls will learn how to sing and play guitar, drums, and keyboard. They will explore their creativity and get to meet local women who are professional musicians. Working collaboratively, they will write and learn new songs. On the last day of camp, all the bands will perform in a concert for family and friends! Rock on!

Cost: $250

Instructors: Rachael Himsel, Sarah Flint, & Anju Chandy

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About our instructors:

Rachael Himsel holds a BA in music (voice) from DePauw University and a masters in art education from Indiana University. Since arriving in Bloomington in 2003, she has been active with the Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP), the John Waldron / Ivy Tech Arts Center, Cardinal StageMonroe County Civic Theatre, and Middle Way House. She has helped mount art shows for local artists, and planned events for various nonprofits. At the BPP, she worked as PR Director, taught theatre classes, and helped plan the first Gala to celebrate the theater’s 25th anniversary. She has also worked as a publicist for rock paper scissors inc, a local world music PR firm, and VSCpr, one of the top tech PR agencies in the Bay Area. As founder and editor of online magazine Women with Guts, she has worked with writers looking to tell stories about the gutsy women in their lives – literally and figuratively.

Now as education director at Artisan Alley, she is thrilled to 1) be using her degrees, after all and 2) working with such awesome staff and artists!!!

Kayla Prather recently graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Fashion Design and a minor in History. With experience in pattern making, draping, rendering illustrations, fashion ideation and design, textiles, dyeing and felting, Kayla brings expertise and passion to the Sew What?!? Camp. Prior to IU, Kayla worked as a direct support professional, where she provided community based support to individuals with disabilities. In this position she was able to plan and teach group classes for arts and crafts, sewing, history, cooking, and any other subjects that people were interested in learning about. Kayla is a mother to nine-month old Jonah, an aunt to Addison, Summer, and Michael, and grew up in a large family surrounded by children, so working with kids comes naturally to her! Kayla seeks joy and happiness in life and hopes to share it with those around her. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, cooking, gardening, reading, movies, hiking, singing, playing guitar, and practicing yoga. Ultimately, Kayla likes to have fun and wants to help others explore their interests and create!

Anju Marie Chandy, a native of Bakersfield, California, is an experienced performing musician living in Bloomington, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with Jazz Studies Certificate and a secondary emphasis on violin from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Anju is the keyboardist/vocalist with the touring soul/Motown girl group The Vallures and has opened for such notable acts as Wanda Jackson, Booker T. Jones, Canned Heat, and Lee Fields. She is also the keyboardist in the local band Daisy Chain and plays violin in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Anju is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and teaches private and group piano, violin, viola, drum set, and music theory lessons. Anju is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches on campus at Indiana University.

Sarah Flint is a singer-songwriter who also teaches guitar and voice. Her voice has carried her overseas several times and all over the United States with Dr. Bop and the Headliners (as one of the Valendez Sisters, Ruthy) and with her husband, Tim Tryon in the group StoneRoad.  Hailed by Bloom magazine as one of the top 25 Jazz musicians in Bloomington, Sarah has provided vocals for over 30 CDs including John Mellencamp & John P Strom. Sarah played flute and guitar for the singer/songwriter duet, The Royals, whose live CD was one of the first recorded at WFHB Community Radio. Those who frequent the Bloomington Farmer’s Market know her as “the nightingale of the market,” as she has often played solo there since 1991. For the last seven years Sarah has been the vocalist in the Stardusters Swing Band and the Stardusters Jazz Orchestra, and sang four songs on their CD. For her students, she produces live shows and CDs; she recently released a cd (2014) with four-part gurl harmony: Hoosier Darling aka The GoZpel GurlZ. She and Bob began Sarah’s Swing Set in 2003 and produced the Sarah’s Swing Set CD in 2004 and their holiday collection: The Perfect Gift in 2006.