Students will soon be rejoicing in their winter breaks away from school, and the Aiken Center for the Arts will be there to offer a creative way to pass their free time.


The center's Winter Holiday Camps will run from Dec. 20 to 21, Dec. 26 to 28 and Jan. 2 to 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


“The reason we do these camps is because we, as an arts center, exist to enrich the Aiken community through our arts exhibitions, events, programs, etc.,” Mandy Woodhouse, program manager, said.


“We also believe in the younger generation, and we believe that the arts are important to a well-rounded, confident and healthy, successful life.”


Families can pick schedules that work best for them, as the center offers half-day camps running from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or full day camps going from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Either way, each day brings its own theme. Dec. 20 will be “Silver & Gold,” Dec. 21 “Yule Be Happy!,” Dec. 26 “Cold Winter's Night,” Dec. 27 “Winterscapes,” Dec. 28 “New Year's Celebration,” Jan. 2 “Colors of Winter,” Jan. 3 “Bring on the Sun” and Jan. 4 “The Arctic.” Gretchen Hash-Heffner and Nanette Langner will teach the classes.


“No prior art experience is necessary,” Woodhouse said. “The teachers have chosen projects that they can teach the kids to do themselves.”


Acrylic, watercolor and mixed media are some of the mediums that the children will be able to use, according to a press release.


For the full-day camps, cost is $60, half-day camps $40. Registration is on a daily basis. Scholarships are available for both half and full-day campers, though they are limited. Center members will receive 10 percent off the camps.


Snacks and lunches must be brought by campers.


All other supplies will be provided.


For more information, contact Woodhouse at 641-9094.