Mother-daughter duo to teach mini-camps for art


Julia Kalustian figured she had a great way to work this summer while spending time alongside her mother.

“We approached Fishers Parks and Rec. because I wanted to share my love of art with the children while giving them a fun summer camp,” Kalustian said.

Julia Kalustian displays her artwork promoting the mini-art camps. (Submitted photo)

So Kalustian and her mother, Debbie Kalustian, a first-grade teacher at Brooks School Elementary, will run DJ Art Workshops’ mini-camps for three days for four weeks for ages 6-12 at Cumberland Park recreation building from 9 a.m. to noon. A 2017 Fishers High School graduate and Indiana Wesleyan University student, she has tutored kids in art at her university.

“I wanted to keep the camp themes both fun and engaging for the summer,” said Kalustian, who is studying elementary education and art. “I want these camps to be a memorable experience for the kids, so I chose themes that I thought they would have fun exploring with art. I love to work with children by inspiring them to expand their creativity. I think I will be able to do so through these camps.”

Debbie is looking forward to seeing her daughter instruct.

“Julia is so creative and fun and I’m excited to see her in action sharing her love of art with kids,” Debbie said. “She always loved art as a student in HSE schools and this is her way of giving back. I know the kids will love the themes and project ideas they will get to make with her at camp.”

Debbie said they wanted to offer mini-camps as an alternative to all-day, everyday summer camps.

“As a teacher in HSE schools, I know many parents are looking for ideas to keep the kids busy,” Debbie said.

In addition to art, Debbie said they will incorporate children’s books to go along with lessons.

The camps are Under the Sea Mini-Camp, June 18-20; Olympic Sports Mini-Camp, July 1-3; Camping Theme Mini-Camp, July 16-18; and Outer Space Mini-Camp, July 30-Aug 1. To register, visit


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