CSA Classes & Ensembles

City School of the Arts: Summer Arts Sessions 2024

Registration now open!

  • Classes are weekdays from 9am–12pm
  • Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment.
  • Please see class descriptions below for dates.

Unless otherwise noted classes are for children ages 6-18. See class descriptions for specific age requirements. Students must be at least 6 years old at time of registration. Check here or our Facebook page for inclement weather updates. 

Special Note: In order to keep you, our Charter Oak family safe, we will be carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will seek the counsel of medical professionals and adhere to all State of Connecticut and City of Hartford guidelines.


If your child is going to be absent for a class (Si su hijo va a faltar a una clase): (860) 310-2589 / barbarag@charteroakcenter.org


City School of the Arts Summer 2024


We are now accepting registration for Summer 2024. Because there is a waiting list for our program please make sure that your child is interested in the subject you are registering them for.

Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment.

For questions, please contact Barbara by email, or call (959) 666-9627.

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July 1–12 (No July 4)

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Bee 4 You Trash It: Sustainable Art
Ages 6-10

Hey Super Camper! Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey where trash transforms into treasure? Join us at Sustainable Play Camp – “Bee 4 You Trash It”, where you’ll dive into the world of creativity with the 4 R’s: Retrieve, Reimagine, Repurpose, and Recycle. With each day packed with fun, let’s turn what others see as waste into wonderful works of art and play!

Game Design
Ages 11-18

Video game design incorporates computer science and computer programming, graphic design, user experience, and creative writing. The class will brainstorm plots, settings, characters, and rules.  Learn to create new video games and improve existing ones. Let the gaming begin!

July 15–26

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Brass Band
Ages 12-18

Brass Band (for beginner to advanced players). Come join the band! This high energy New Orleans style brass band will have you playing songs within days. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced player, there is a spot for you. At the end of the camp, the ensemble will be recorded in a studio and showcased in a community performance. Woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments welcome.  Instruments will be provided.


July 29–August 2

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Art and Nature
Ages 6-10

Young artists will be introduced to fresh art projects each day with an outdoor area and gardens for nature connection, collection and exploration! The class will strengthen painting and drawing skills and also made craft projects like food and nature print making, pine cone bird houses, and flower pressing!

Teen Baking Camp
Ages 11-18

Become a more creative and confident cook and eater! Over the course of five days, the class will discover the basics of baking while having fun in the kitchen. Each day, the group will make a different meal focusing on either sweet or savory baking. From kneading dough to twisting pretzels and more, learn essential cooking techniques, basic food prep skills and best practices for kitchen safety.

Tapeworks Recording Workshop
Ages 13-18

Learn to create original music with professional recording equipment! Become an expert in electronic loops, digital audio workstations (DAWS), and music production software. Record, edit, mix and master music in a commercial recording facility.

Our free programming is designed to help those most in need and we therefore consider household income when we assess eligibility for our classes. We welcome families to apply. We will get back to you as soon as possible about the status of your application.

Support for City School of the Arts music programs at Charter Oak Cultural Center provided by:

Divine really loved the ballet program, she cried at the end of the week and wished it could have been longer. She talked alot about girls of all colors being able to enjoy ballet. She was excited to get her ballet shoes and other goodies delivered right to her door and kept walking around the house in her shoes all day just like a ballerina she said. […] I kept expecting to see a dollar amount in the mail. It was unbelievable to me that a program could offer so much at no cost to the parents.

Hernicia Whitter