spanish Golden reflections in the morning on Spanish Creek

Art Camp Interviews

Julia Montrand
Leslie Lethridge

being fully inspired and receptive to the healing powers of nature in the former home of the Maidu Indians. You are enjoying a week expanding your creativity and making art. You are surrounded by other creative adults who are giving themselves the gift of time. No shopping, cooking or cleaning to worry about; you need not even get in your car to drive anywhere. Classes meet along the sparkling Spanish Creek or nearby, amidst the fragrance of oak and pine trees and a profusion of wildflowers.

Feather River Art Camp is the perfect blend of creativity, nature, restoration, fun and camaraderie.

Art Camp for Adults
2009 Delicious, relaxing lunch

Art Camp for adults at the Oakland Feather River Camp has been an annual event since 1991. We are well known for our inspirational classes, taught by recognized arts professionals, offered in an amazingly beautiful mountain setting.

Feather River Art Camp provides a surge of creative energy to enlighten the rest of your year.

How Art Camp Works

All classes, meals and accommodations are included. There is an afternoon bead making class that has a separate fee.

You sign up for one daily morning class that meets with the same instructor and same group of students. You choose this class when you register. You also choose a second choice class in the event that your first choice class is either full or cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. This provides the opportunity to learn and create a project/projects in depth in your subject.

Every afternoon and evening, before and after dinner, there are optional two-hour, one-time workshops in each of the other disciplines that you can take. By the end of the week you will have created several of these projects.

Family Arrangements

Muse Option

Some art campers bring families or friends whom they join in the afternoons. Adult Art Camp offers a special group rate for Adult Art Camp relatives or friends who are not enrolled in art classes in Art Camp. See “Muse” rates in the registration section. Muses typically read books, relax, explore, work on their computers, write or ride bikes over extensive bike trails in the region. Two complimentary arts workshops are given with their registration.


Ages 2-5

Children can participate in the OFRC "Acorns" program in the Tot-Lot.

Ages 6–12

Children can participate in the Feather River Camp Family Camp, a diverse program of nature studies, arts and crafts, astronomy and recreational activities. Activities take place while you are in your morning classes. The rec-staff is led by an environmental teacher.

As an Art Camp benefit, your kids may also participate with you in any of the two-hour, one-time afternoon and evening art workshops.

Many parents have described the experience at camp for kids as "an old fashioned summer vacation" where kids can be kids and you don't have to worry about them. You can structure your own time with them in the afternoons etc., but it is likely that they will make friends and you won't see them a whole lot except at meals.

For Teens

Ages 12 to 17

Teens may enroll in adult classes with a parent or guardian present in camp.

Local Residents Option

If you live in the Quincy area and do not wish to stay for the overnight part of Art Camp, you can still register for an arts or crafts class. The fee includes all classes, afternoon and evening workshops and all meals for each day. This option is also available to those from out of town who opt to stay in nearby lodging.

Astronomy Week

A volunteer from Chabot observatory is at camp all week to share and talk about the wonders of the night sky from a mountainous non-urban vantage point. A large telescope is available to make sky visibility so much more impressive.

OFRC Family Camp

There will be a Family Camp simultaneously running during the same week as Art Camp at OFRC. We have our own separate program but share the camp with them including mealtimes, swimming spots, the astronomy component and restrooms.

The families of Art Campers are welcome to join in family camp activities with the OFRC recreation staff in the mornings while you are in your class. There are recreational programs for ages 2-5, 6-8 and 9-11.

Other Activities

Swimming, hiking, horseback riding (for a fee), river tubing, bike riding, excursions to river swimming spots or into town, ping-pong and of course lots of ART are some of the extra activities that our campers do in their leisure time. There are also evening activities put on by the camp recreation staff such as disco bingo and the annual camp talent show.