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Welcome to Manotick Arts Camp

2022 Program Update

"Thank -you for choosing our programs. We will not be offering programs this summer, We will be fully operational when the risk of  mask mandates has passed and we can fully resume our music program. Please subscribe to our newsletter here and check into the website for updates.


New Fall & Winter After School Programs

The Manotick Arts Camp will be offering a variety of classes this fall both online and in person.  From choir to film and improv, the Manotick Arts Camp wants to provide something for everyone. 

Weekly Drama courses for youth

Ages 11 - 15

12 & 8 week sessions

Note* We follow all city guidelines for social distancing protocols. Follow this link for details: Covid protocols


Youth Acting Class

*Note that that classes will be a combination of in person and online activities . Students will be given the choice whether to attend the class in person or through zoom.

Perform a two person short theatre scene to be shared live!

Learn to act from classically trained theatre artist, Will Jenkins, to grow and improve communication skills, public speaking, text analysis and a love for the arts. Work with an assigned text and a chosen partner over the 12 weeks to mount a live show for friends and family to watch. Classes will cover text analysis, creating character walks, acting for the camera, controlling breath and voice. Grow as an actor and as a presenter in this after school program.

Youth Acting Classes (12 Week):

Tuesday January 12th weekly till April 6th from 4:00pm till 5:00pm

COST : One 12-week session is $495 + HST

Youth Improv Classes

*Note that that classes wil be a combination of in person and online activities . Students will be given the choice whether to attend the class in person or through zoom.

Play improv games and preform a show to be shared live!

Come study with Will Jenkins, a Second City trained improvisor. Learn how to expand your creative mind as an actor. Play fun & challenging games designed to sharpen your wits. Make fun and creative choices to improve your communication skills, ability to work with text to extend your screen time and get a better part when auditioning. Work towards putting on a live show for friends and family to come together and celebrate your work.  Have a blast challenging your self to think outside of the box in this 12 week after school program. 

Youth Improv Classes (8 weeks)

Thursday, October 15th weekly till December 3rd from 4:00pm till 5:00pm.

COST : One 8-week session is $340 + HST

Youth Improv Classes (12 weeks)

Thursday, January 14th weekly till April 8th from 4:00pm till 5:00pm

COST : One 12-week session is $495 + HST 

Meet your instructor: Will Jenkins

Will Jenkins

On Camera Acting Classes

Lights, Camera, Action!

Learn on camera skills and train to get the audition!

 Train with local acting veteran Sonja Milsom to work on any film set. Develop your on camera skills and learn how to extend your screen time. Figure out how to work as a background actor, gaining insights for what the directors are looking for. Workshop audition monologues to get your foot in the door and ace your callbacks. Also look at how to create and edit your own demo reel, a tool for any actor in the modern age.

Youth On Camera Acting Classes (12 Week)

Youth classes (12-15 years) start Tuesday January 12th and run weekly till April 6th from 5-6pm

COST : One 12 week session is $495 + HST

Adult On Camera Acting Classes (12 Week)

16+ and Adult classes start Thursday January 14th and run weekly till April 8th from 5-6pm

COST : One 12 week session is $495 + HST

 Meet your instructor: Sonja Milsom




COVID protocols

  1. Parents will sign a waiver prior to the start of the class
  2. Each students’ temperature will be checked with a no touch thermometer prior to the beginning of the class and prior to their parents leaving. If their temperature is elevated they will be sent home with the parent.
  3. Students will use hand sanitizer prior to the class
  4. We will accept a Max. of 8 kids
  5. They will bring the materials they need to class. Water, notebook and pencil
  6. They are required to wear a mask or face shield
  7. The room will be divided into 8 spaces. Each student will be designated a space.
  8. After each bathroom use, door handles, toilet handles, taps & light switches will be disinfected.
  9. Students will use Hand sanitizer after the class.
  10. The floor and any chair students’ use will be disinfected prior to the next group coming in.
  11. High traffic areas will be disinfected before the next group comes in..ie: light switches and doorknobs

Virtual Choir Classes

*The program will offer a combination of pre-recorded lesson videos, digital practice materials and live Zoom rehearsals.

Learn how to sing in a choir from home and create a beautiful show together!

Taught by JUNO award winning choral singer, Heather Lynn Smith, MMus, BMus. Learn to use your voice safely in any style from the comfort of your home. Expand your musical skills across various styles and genres with others across Ottawa. Join in song with new friends to collaborate and create a virtual choir recording to be shared online!  The classes will take place over Zoom with plenty of recorded lessions to help you work at your pace.  Have fun learning and singing together in this 12-week program.

Virtual Choir Classes (12 Week)

Classes will start Wednesday January 13th weekly till April 7th. Wednesday Live rehearsal will run 4:00pm till 4:45pm and the weekly 30-40min pre-recorded lesson video will be released after rehearsal.

COST : One 12 week session is $495 + HST

Meet your instructor: Heather Lynn Smith


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

Ken Robinson



Weekly Drama Classes for Children

Ages 8 - 11

8-week long sessions

Develop storytelling skills and exercise the imagination with our children’s drama class Join us for workshops in developing acting skills! We''ll be develop storytelling skills by excercising the imagination in creating a character through scene work. This is a great way for children to build confidence, discover conflict resolution methods and get better at navigating social situations while having a blast!

Age: 7-11


Each 8 week session is $300 + HST. 


Manotick United Church


Thursday October 15th weekly till December 3rd from 5-6pm

Thursday January 12th weekly till March 2nd from 5 -6pm





Summer Performance Arts Programs

COVID CURRICULUM ( New for this summer )

The Manotick Arts Camp will offer a modified curriculum of day camp activities this summer. We will follow social distancing practices in line with city guidelines.The activities will be conducted in an outside space as well as online

 See schedule below.

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.

COVID CURRICULUM ( New for this summer )

The goal of the program is for students to create a video, in groups, for showcasing online. Students will gain skills in various areas of the dramatic arts, music, filming, sound tracking (music) and film editing. This year, we are limited to accepting 16 students per program.

Regular program

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


We will offer THREE 2-week programs

2 Week Programs - 2020

Kids Summer Arts Camp


We will offer ONE 1-week program

1 Week Programs- 2020

Instrumental/Vocal Music • Drama • Dance • Visual Art

COVID CURRICULUM (New for this summer)

Students will create, develop and present a video online over each 2-week program. They will incorporate skills in drama, music, filming and editing to produce their own creative work 

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

Cost: 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 3 pm daily. 


More measures may follow pending direction from the government.

Each morning, students will gather at Chris Bracken Park in Manotick, weather permitting. We will organize students in groups of 8. Students will rotate through 4 activities divided between Chris Bracken and AY Jackson parks in Manotick: daily warm up, music and 2 different drama activities. Each student will bring their own blanket, hand sanitizer, mask, snacks, water etc. The blankets serve as a social distance tool to physically define each student’s social distance bubble. Students will move through 4 stations of the park as per the schedule to engage with the activities of each teacher. Tents will be set up for sun protection as well as light weather conditions. If the weather does not permit outside activities, morning activities will be conducted online. Mallets and musical instruments will be wiped down between uses. Bathrooms will be wiped down after each use.

Students return home at lunch and will resume activities online as per the schedule.

We are following the provincial and city social distance guidelines for summer day camps


9:00:                Children arrive at Chris Bracken Park, Manotick. One group of 8 students will be walked over to AY Jackson park. Groups rotate at which park they begin activities on a 2 day cycle

9:00 - 9:15:      Warm up Activity #1: Movement and drama based, Activity # 2: Music and rhythmic based. Groups rotate through the activities on a 2 day cycle

10:00 - 10:15:  Snack

10:15 - 11:00:  Music class: Work with mallet instruments.

11:00 - 11:45:  Drama class: The art of developing a character

11:45 - 12:30:  Drama class: Story telling techniques

12:30 - 2:00:   Lunch (Students return home)

2:00 - 2:45:     Class on zoom Activity #1: Filming and video editing techniques, Activity # 2: Music editing techniques, Groups rotate through the activities on a 2 day cycle

2:45 - 3:30:     Class on zoom Activity #1: Storytelling idea generating class, Activity # 2 Storytelling idea generating with music underscoring, Groups rotate through the activities on a 2 day cycle


Regular program

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.

COVID CURRICULUM (New for this Summer)

Students will learn the art of storytelling by creating a video over the one week program. They will incorporate skills in drama, visual art, music, filming and editing to produce their own creative work.

One 1-week session available. Ages 7-10.

Cost Per Session / One Child: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily; $300.00 plus HST. 


As per 2-week sessions


As per 2-week sessions


Regular program

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 3 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 6-17, 2020


Session 2 - Youth 

(ages 10 & up)

July 20-31, 2020

Session 3 - Youth 

(ages 10 - 15)

August 4-14, 2020


Session 5 - Kids

(ages 6 - 10)

August 17-21, 2020



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


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