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Welcome to Manotick Arts Camp

Summer Performance Arts Programs

Founded in 2000, the Manotick Arts Camp has provided summer performance arts programs to youth in Manotick and the surrounding areas. Kids ages 6-17 have benefited from our programs designed to encourage creativity and instill confidence. We explore many branches of the arts including Drama, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Visual Art, and our programs are taught by professional artists with years of pedagogical experience. The Manotick Arts Camp offers something for all. Whether you are exploring the arts for the first time, or simply looking to improve your skills, our team of teachers and counselors are dedicated to making our programs a great experience for you.

The goal of the summer program is to showcase the creativity of our students in a performance that is held at the end of the day camp. As well as learning new skills and techniques in all areas of the arts, MAC students will enjoy the mentorship of counselors and teachers who foster leadership and team building skills. Most of our students return every summer and it is always a great honor to see them again and catch up on what they have been doing over the past year. Many students of the Manotick Arts Camp are accepted into Arts programs at Canterbury and De La Salle High School. In addition, some of our former students are now pursuing various arts-related studies at university and return to spend their summers teaching at the camp. The Manotick Arts Camp is located in the beautiful historical setting of the village of Manotick close to Dickinson Square. Each day we actually walk past Watson's Mill on our way to Chris Bracken Field. We welcome all students ages 6-17. Whether you are a closet, budding or seasoned young artist, we encourage you to try out our latest programs. You will not regret it!

Youth Summer Arts Camp

2 Week Programs - 2019

Kids Summer Arts Camp

1 Week Programs- 2019

Instrumental/Vocal Music • Drama • Dance • Visual Art

Two 2-week sessions available. Ages 10 & up.

Per Session / One Child : $550 + HST. Each additional child per family add $500 + HST. To enrol in a second session, please add $500 per child per family. Program runs from 9 am to 4 pm daily. To view our schedule, click the tab on the navigation bar. Before and after program care is available upon request.

The goal of the 2-week day camp program is to prepare and present a creative drama work incorporating all performing arts areas of Drama, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Dance, and Visual Art. Students will enjoy activities in all areas of the Arts but will choose to concentrate on one arts area.

Workshops in Theatre, Music & Visual Arts.

Three 1-week sessions available. Ages 6-10.

Per Session / One Child: Full day option - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily; $300.00 plus HST. Half day option - 9:00 am -12:00 pm daily; $200.00 plus HST. Before and after program care is available upon request.

The goal of the 1-week day camp program is to provide educational workshops in Drama, Movement, Music, Visual Art, and Vocal techniques with the aim of introducing children to the Arts. (Please note: Session 4 is a shorter week due to the August holiday so pricing is $250 + HST for Full Day, and $150+ HST for Half Day).

Session 1 - Youth

(ages 10 & up)

July 2-12

Showdate July 12 @ 7pm

Session 2 - Youth - SOLD OUT

(ages 10 & up)

July 15-26

Showdate July 26 @ 7pm

Session 3 - Kids 

(ages 6 - 10)

July 29 - August 2

Showdate Aug 2 @ 3pm

Session 4 - Kids

(ages 6 - 10)

August 6 - 9

Showdate Aug 9 @ 3pm

Session 5 - Kids

(ages 6 - 10)

August 12 - 16

Showdate Aug 16 @ 3pm


Our 8-week long session


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Develop acting skills and generate creative material with our improv class! Meet new friends and excercise your creative muscle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This is great for personal development and a great way to build confidence! Join us for a great experience!

"Creativity is putting your imagination to work and its produced the most extrodinary results in human culture."  

Ken Robinson



Each 8 week session is $360 + HST. 


Manotick United Church

Wednesday's from 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

October 9th - December 4th

NEW - Music for Wee Ones - 2019

Aged 3-7

Classes for children with autism spectrum disorder and classes for typically developing children.

Music for Wee Ones

Do you have children who like music! The Manotick Arts Camp will be offering music & movement classes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged 3-7, as well as typically developing children. Through games of movement, music and song, children will learn to play in ensemble with one another using percussive instruments, bells and xylophones.

“What we are seeing, through research, is that music education is very good for child development. In typical development, music lessons, over time, can improve: language acquisition by training the auditory system; self-control: by providing group guidelines to playing music together; motor movement: by providing activities requiring a timed response; social engagement: by providing a structure for social interaction and engagement.

Many children with ASD have enhanced memory for music. In my experience, I have found that most children with ASD’s really enjoy musical activities and are able to improve their musical skills at the same rate or better than typically developing children, once they become accustomed to the structure of the class. Over time, I believe that research will show more of the same kind of cognitive benefits for children with ASD’s and other developmental disabilities.”

Dr. Sandy Stanutz

Sandy Stanutz recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Educational Counselling and Psychology Department, McGill University, where she implemented a music program over a 16-month period at a center-based early intensive childhood intervention program in Montreal for preschool children with ASD. Sandy has been developing and teaching a music and movement based course curriculum to preschool children for 15 years.

Parents will attend class with their ASD child, while parents of typically developing children will choose to attend the class with their child, depending on the child’s needs.


Manotick United Church, Main Street

1st class 3:45 - 4:25

2nd class 4:30 - 5:10

3rd class 5:15 - 5:55


October 9 - November 27, 2018

(8 weeks)-200.00 + HST

January 15 - March 5, 2019

(8 weeks)-200.00 + HST

March 19 - May 7, 2019

(8 weeks)-200.00 + HST


Ottawa Fringe Festival Show classes 2019!

We are creating a show to perform at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, spring 2019

We invite you to exercise your creativity to create a work of drama, music and movement to be performed at the Ottawa Fringe Festival this spring, 2019!

Students will be elaborating and adding to a work created by a core of Manotick Arts Camp Summer Performance Troupe students last summer. The emphasis will be on exploring a variety of creation techniques as well as working on drama and performance skills , establishing proper techniques for singing and developing core musicianship skills. The goal is to mount a show that is, at its heart, drawn from the ideas of the youth performing it.

We will be accepting 13 students ages 13-18 to form our Performance Troupe. 


Manotick United Church, Main Street

Classes: March 19 - June 4, 2019 

4 Rehearsal Dates:  TBD


2 Saturdays TBD

Time: 2 pm & 4 pm

Location: St. Paul's Eastern United Church

700.00 plus HST

The emphasis will be on exploring a variety of creation techniques as well as working on drama and performance skills, establishing proper techniques for singing and developing core musicianship skills. The goal is to mount a show that is, at its heart, drawn from the ideas of the youth performing it

Performance Troupe - Summer 2019

The advanced class for the Manotick Arts Camp

Performance Troupe

Drama, Instrumental and Vocal music, Movement, Visual Art

One 2-week session

Per Session / One Student:

$700 + HST. Each additional child per family add $650 + HST. Program runs from 9 am to 4 pm daily. Before and after program care no additional cost.

ages (14-17)

July 15 – 26

Show date is Saturday, July 27, 7:00 pm

This program is for students who are looking for a creative challenge! Bring your performing arts skills and we’ll weave them into the fabric of the work that will be created by you! We will accept 13 students into the program. Over two weeks, mentored by artists, the Manotick Arts Camp Performance Troupe will be guided through a number of creationist techniques in Drama, Music and Movement to mount an integrated arts theatrical work to be performed at the end of the two weeks. The emphasis will be to polish existing skills and to exercise creativity while improving self confidence. The work created during these two weeks will become the core material for the Ottawa Fringe Festival the following year.



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