Renowned Illustrators & Visiting Authors Bring Art to Life at Banana Factory Summer Camps

Illustration by Cotty Killbanks

ArtsQuest Summer Kids’ Camps feature guest artists and introduce storytelling through art activities and author readings.

BETHLEHEM, PA—Fairytales, superheroes and comic books come to life as kids and teens explore their favorite stories through art at The Banana Factory Art Center’s summer camps and art intensives, offered in one-week sessions from June 10-July 26 and Aug. 12-23. Highlights include classes led by Cotty Kilbanks, an animation artist who has worked with Disney, Warner Bros and more, as well as Jonathan Herzog, a freelance illustrator and cartoon artist who specializes in visual storytelling.

Kilbanks has collaborated on such famed animations as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ironman and Fantastic Four. The camps she will lead include Teen Graphic Novels (July 8-12), Pre-teen and Teen Animation Storyboarding (July 22-26) and Pre-teen Cartooning & Anime Drawing (Aug. 19-23).

From children’s books to web videos, comics to cartoon pilots, Jonathan Herzog has contributed to numerous works as a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and story artist. He will lead Teen Cartoon Character Design (June 24-28), which teaches digital drawing skills on the iPad Pro and Procreate app.

For children ages 4-9, The Banana Factory offers The Art and Craft of Storytelling Camp. Each week focuses on a different story theme including space, mythology, classics and fairytales, where campers make crafts and practice fun art techniques like drawing, book binding, sculpture and other educational activities. Children’s book authors and illustrators will visit each week on Friday afternoons to read and participate in crafts.

The Banana Factory summer camps offer children and young artists the opportunity to explore nearly every imaginable art style, from photography to fiber art, graphic design to glass blowing and much more, under the guidance of professional teaching artists. Camps, for ages 4-18, are offered in one-week sessions from June 10-July 26 and Aug. 12-23, both half-day and full day, with before and after-care services offered. To learn more or register for camp, please visit