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We are proud to say that the 2024 Summer Program is fully booked! If you wish to put your name in for waiting list for next year, please email
Thank you for your interest!

JTtA Music Drama VisualArt

ALL ABOUT The Journey Through the Arts
2024 Summer Program

Journey Through the Arts is looking forward to an AMAZING summer of Music, Art and Drama at The Old Art School (Molson's Mill in Port Hope), as we celebrate 23 YEARS of providing the widest range of arts interaction for children in Northumberland!

Beginning on Wednesday, February 28th at 9:00am, we will accept registration for our 2024 Summer Program via email to


Please send an email to with the subject heading "SUMMER REGISTRATION", with:

PLEASE NOTE: No registration will be accepted prior to February 28

The Journey Through the Arts 2024 Summer Program

Week 1: July 8-12 A Trip to the Candy Forest

Week 2: July 22-26 The Secrets of the Museum

Week 3: August 5-9 Ghost Town

Week 4: August 19-23 Comics, Cartoons & Characters


Journey Through the Arts logoDo you have questions about our Summer Program? Below are the WHAT, WHY, WHERE, HOW MUCH & WHO of our 2024 Program of Music, Art & Drama.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Christine at

JTTA Summer - ArtWHAT? Journey Through the Arts is a multi-faceted Summer Program for children ages 6-12 years old. This summer we are celebrating 23 years of providing the widest range of arts interaction to the families of Northumberland County and beyond. Throughout July and August each week is divided up into 4 themes.

Each week we accept a maximum of 30 students. We divide each week into 2 smaller groups. They spend the week rotating through the following arts areas:

JTTA Summer - GuitarsMUSIC: writing their own song with their group (can include singing, guitar, piano and African percussion)--no musical experience is necessary. Topics such as tempo, dynamics of a song, mood of a song will also be explored.

VISUAL ART: creating a different art project each day. We try and explore as many art media in a week as possible. Ex: a painting project, a drawing project, mixed media, sculpture and more!

JTTA Summer - DramaDRAMA: writing and performing their own play with their group. Topics include character development, improv, plot development, drama games and more!

Then each Friday at 2:00pm parents and friends are invited to come to our Open House and watch the plays and songs that were created and see the student's art on display. This is the highlight of the week!

JTTA Summer - ColouringWHY? It is JTTA's mission to educate and inspire kids to use their imaginations and develop a love of 'the arts'. We also feel that arts education is an extremely important part of a child's development that not only helps them become more confident but also helps develop creative problem solving skills that can help them in all areas of their lives.

Old Art SchoolWHERE? The JTTA Summer Program is held at our very special summer location: The Old Art School (Molson's Mill) in Port Hope. This restored mill holds a very important part of Canadian art history as it was the former Ontario College of Art Summer School in the 1920s and '30s with ties to important Canadian painters such as the Group of Seven. Former students from the '20s have described their time at the mill as some of the most memorable. It is in this tradition that we seek to give your children an amazing time painting, creating music together, acting and being in this amazing natural setting.


The Journey Through the Arts Summer Program runs:
Monday to Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm and is $235 plus HST per week.
THIS INCLUDES: All musical instruments, all art supplies and materials
*Children must bring their own lunch
TO REGISTER: Send a $60 non-refundable deposit per child (per week).
Deposit can be sent by E-Transfer to The remainder of your fee is due on the first day of the camp.*A confirmation email will be sent to you with your child's week. No deposits will be cashed unless the spot requested has been confirmed.

WHO? Meet Your JTTA Instructors

Christine Benson JTTAChristine Benson (Visual Art): Christine is the founder of Journey Through the Arts and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design where she received several awards of merit for her artwork. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Ontario as well as local studio tours. She is in the process of writing and illustrating a children's book which showcases her highly detailed relief prints. Christine teaches art workshops to children, teens and adults in her 1840s log cabin studio which she shares with her husband Mike. Christine also travels to local schools to create murals and school wide art exhibitions.

Mike Woods JTTAMike Woods (Music): Mike is an independent musician from Port Hope. Mike joined the JTTA team in 2003 as the full-time music instructor and opened The Northumberland Rock and Roll Experience, a multi-faceted music facility that included guitar lessons, a performance venue, a Rock and Roll Museum and an In the School's Rock and Roll history program. He now operates Log Jam Music out of a restored log cabin with his wife Christine who teaches art. Log Jam Music is a guitar teaching facility as well as recording studio all in one location. Mike's passion for playing guitar has meant that for over 25 years he has been actively performing in bands. From the historic Red Dog in Peterborough to the famous Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Mike has played on countless stages with numerous musical groups since the late 1990s throughout Ontario. He can be currently found performing with The Soul Shakers' Union, Garage Dog and Marty and the Mojos. In 2020 Mike released his first solo album titled Currents & Waves and can be found on all streaming platforms.

Robin Nicholls JTTA Robin Nicholls (Drama): A graduate of Trent University, this is Robin's fourth summer with the JTTA team. She will be guiding the campers through the drama portion each week. When she is not in a classroom as an elementary teacher with the local school board, she can be found watching Jays games, playing volleyball, kayaking, camping, or playing her guitar. She is already so excited for the summer to arrive, and can't wait to see what the children create!


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Christine at the email above.

We hope to see you this summer!






Journey Through the Arts has been offering a summer programme for children ages six to thirteen since the summer of 2001. Since then over 1,000 participants have experienced the widest range of arts interaction in the community. With weekly themes that culminate into a grand performance, kids will get to experience a production from every possible angle. From writing their own plays and acting, to designing costumes and sets, these children literally do it all to create their own one of a kind theatre production. Kids will also enjoy writing their own music and have the chance to experience different instruments as well as learn how to write and perform their original compositions. Participants will also be exposed to a wide variety of visual art workshops including; printmaking, pottery, jewelry design, painting and more, with their work being on display at the end of each week for all to see! At Journey Through The Arts we are committed to offering an unmatched chance to explore the arts as well as an opportunity to meet new friends and provide your child with an unforgettable experience.



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