totART Summer Camp


totArt presents our fourth year of nature inspired summer art camp for children 5-8 years. Our two one week sessions will meet daily at the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center on Orrs Island. Parents can drop off or stay. All supplies are included. This summer we will be doing an in-depth exploration of color–identifying color in nature, color and emotion, mastering mixing colors, and natural dyeing using wild plants. Hope you can join us! Enrollment size is 12 per class and registration will be open until all spaces are filled.

To register, please click the appropriate button below. You will receive more detailed information about the classes in May. Cost: $90 which includes all materials. Families can register for multiple sessions as each will differ in content.

We have some full scholarships available generously sponsored by our community partners. Please email Leah if one would help your family join us this summer.

Color 1
Dates: July 24 – 29
Time: 9am – 1pm
Locations: Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center, Orrs Island
Class Size:12
Class  Size: 12   Available Spots: 4

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Color 2
Dates: July 31 – August 4
Time: 9am – 1pm
Locations: Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center, Orrs Island
Class Size:12
Class Size: 12    Available Spots: 2

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Leah Gauthier, Founder
Studio artist and mom, Leah Gauthier holds an M.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, Tufts University, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Chester College of New England. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and alternative spaces in the U.S. and abroad.

2017 Guest Co-Teachers
Debra Norton

Debra grew up in Harpswell, and attended the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts, with a double minor in Medieval History and Geography. She worked at the Child Development Center at the Brunswick Naval Air Station, serving as an Assistant Teacher and then a Lead Teacher with pre-schoolers and toddlers, and earning her early childhood credentials. For 17 years she lived in Montana, where she earned a Massage Certification and had a Massage Spa. Now back in Maine, Debra is continuing her education in the early childhood field through Maine Roads to Quality. Debra lives in Cundy’s Harbor with her parents, and has two grown children who live, study and work in Portland, Maine.

Alyssa Bishop
Alyssa Bishop graduated from Simmons College, Boston, with a BA in Art and a concentration in psychology.  She has since returned to her home state of Maine, and for the past 16 years has owned and operated a decorative painting business, creating murals and hand-painted designs on walls and furniture in clients’ homes.  In addition, Alyssa paints and sells her vibrant, acrylic landscape paintings which are inspired by hikes and outdoor adventures with her young son. She has exhibited her work in galleries and shops across Maine and has sold commissioned pieces throughout the US. Dedicated to supporting the natural creativity of children, Alyssa also volunteers regularly in her son’s art classroom, substitute teaches, and offers private art lessons to kids.

Our 2016 Community Partners

Support our Programming

Our mission is to inspire and nurture the creative spirits of our young ones. Please consider partnering with us so we can expand our programming and offer more scholarships, so all families who want to, can join us. Click the button below to make a donation. Thank you!!

Click here to sponsor a scholarship.