This week, local children found themselves traveling the world without ever even packing a bag thanks to Summer Art Camp at the Gilbert W. Perry, Jr. Center for the Arts.

Children from in and around Middletown are enjoying a summer camp experience this week that's taking them all over the globe. Passports aren't needed, though. These children are exploring the art and culture of the seven continents from the comfortable, air-conditioned studio at the Gilbert W. Perry, Jr. Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp.

On Tuesday, with the help of patient instructors and volunteers, participants were eagerly coloring Mexican Death Masks (age-appropriately renamed "sugar masks"), making tie-dyed t-shirts and clay jewelry, constructing African dioramas, art journals and "rain sticks." Other days this week includes Aboriginal art and Japanese origami.

Director Ruth Neff said that she's pleased with this week's turnout and how much fun the kids seem to be having. She also said that next week's camp, "Artists: Now and Then," which explores internationally acclaimed masters like Piscasso, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Andy Warhol, still has a few spots open for pint-sized painters.