Total Arts Day Camp 2020: Art Tells A Story!

This year’s Total Arts Day Camp is all about storytelling. We are pleased to announce celebrated children’s author Melissa D. Savage will be leading camps around story books + art.

At TADC 2020 your child will engage in drawing, painting, designing and writing. Students will gain skills in creating their own stories and understanding how visual art tells a story! They will sequence a story board, create characters, and learn illustration techniques. Join us for a special evening where students share their creations with family and friends at Rochester Art Center! Sign up and explore how reading and writing goes hand in hand with art!

2020 Dates

Session 1
July 13 – 17
Grades 1 – 2Non-Member $200
RAC Member $175
Session 2
July 20 – 24
Grades 1 – 2Non-Member $200
RAC Member $175
Session 3
July 27 – 31
Grades 3 – 4Non-Member $200
RAC Member $175
Session 4
August 3 – 7
Grades 5 – 6Non-Member $200
RAC Member $175
NEW! Session 5 August 10 – 14Grades 1 – 3Non-Member $200 Member $175

Register your child now!

Complete a Registration Form online: CLICK HERE


Download a Registration Form: Microsoft Word Document or PDF Document

Return your completed registration form:
Mail: Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Payment options:
Mail a check to Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Need Tuition Assistance? Scholarships are available! Contact Amy Garretson:

NOTE: Please register your student with their current grade level (school year 2019-2020)

*Member discount on TADC tuition for “Household” level members or higher. If you hold the “Solo” or “Duo” membership level, contact Membership & Finance Manager, Kalianne Morrison at to ask how to increase your membership level!


Melissa D. Savage’s first book, The Lost Pony, premiered in her second grade classroom, winning high praise from critics such as her mom. Although the book was hand written and self-illustrated in Crayola Crayons, it was this experience that began her love of writing and to this day she still believes was one of her best works. Melissa continued to create stories growing up, writing different adventures for friends to read and later completed a Master’s Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in Minnesota. She was privileged to be able to receive guidance from amazing authors, educators, and fellow writers who shared their wisdom, experience, and support. Melissa’s debut book, Lemons has been recognized by the American Booksellers Association on their Independent Booksellers’ debut picks of the season list, Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2017. Additionally, Bigfoot, Tobin & Me (The UK/Commonwealth version of Lemons published by Chicken House Books) has been recognized as Children’s Book of the Month with WHSmith. Lemons has since been a nominee on over ten state reading lists, including Minnesota’s own Maud Hart Lovelace award list. Melissa has gone on to write The Truth About Martians (2018) and her newest novel, Nessie Quest (2020). She is currently working on her fourth middle grade book, Karma Moon Ghost Hunter, to be released Spring of 2021.

Melissa is a writer and a child and family therapist. She has worked with families struggling with issues of abuse, trauma and loss/bereavement. She believes that expressing oneself through writing can be a very healing process when struggling with difficulties in life. In addition it can be a vehicle in which to honor, celebrate and continue to share the spirits of the special people who have left us too soon. Melissa lives in Phoenix. You can follow her on Twitter at @melissadsavage.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.