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Creston:Arts to host three-week art camp

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:39 a.m. CDT
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Students work on mixed-media projects inside the art room at Creston High School, which will be the site of Creston:Arts summer art camp June 9 to 27.
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CHS Senior Itzayanna Rubio paints a still life piece in the art room at Creston High School, where Creston:Arts summer art camp will take place. High school students are encouraged to apply as art camp mentors by sending an email to gallery@crestonarts.com.

When Creston:Arts members decided to start a summer art program, organizers wanted the program to enhance the skills young artists, but also attract children who might not think of themselves as artists.

“One of our main goals is inclusivity,” said Brian Zachary, secretary of Creston:Arts Council. “We’re a place for kids that don’t feel like they fit into other activities.”

Zachary said one of the main goals of the program is to broaden how people view art.

“We want to really teach that art is where you find it,” said Zachary. “A lot of us have these grand ideas about what art is and think we can’t afford the supplies, but, the materials are all around you. There are a lot of materials for free or cheap you can do most of your work with.”

Zachary said the art projects at art camp will teach kids about recycling and upcycling.

“It’s good for the environment,” Zachary said. “Anything we keep out of the landfill is really important.”

The lineup

Creston:Arts camp will offer two full weeks and a third week of individual workshops; June 9 to 13, 16 to 20 and 23 to 27.

The first week of camp will be lead by Creston High School Art Teacher Bailey Fry-Schnormeier. Fry-Schnormeier said her projects will mainly be recycled and upcycled projects which will only limit students by their imagination.

“During the first week, students will explore the multitude of possibilities of turning odds and ends and recyclable materials into treasured 2-D and 3-D works of art, “ Fry-Schnormeier said.

Zachary will be teaching a variety of techniques for manipulating paper in week two. Zachary said some projets include learning to sculpt with paper mache, creating collages and students will even learn to make their own paper.

For week three, students are welcome to register for one day or the entire week. Lessons during week three will teach students how to make an upcycled storage container during “Boxing Day,” how to stamp, stencil and tie-dye fabric such as old T-shirts and an “altered book project.” During the altered book project, students will manipulate a book by adding page elements, folding and cutting pages or sculpting with the pages.

Life lessons

Zachary said all projects will be completed at camp, but with printed instructions, students will be able to repeat the project at home and experiment with other objects and media.

Fry Schnormeier said, as a teacher, she sees real-world benefits for children who are involved in the arts.

“In the workplace today, companies look for creative minds, problem solvers and people who can think outside the box,” Fry-Schnormeier said. “Also, if all students had a stronger foundation to explore the arts at a younger age, they would feel more comfortable to express themselves in a meaningful and productive way.”

Creston:Arts camp registration will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Creston:Arts table at Southern Prairie YMCA’s Home and Garden Show. Early registration is recommended as admission is limited to 30 students. Registration forms will also be available Monday at www.crestonarts.com.

Email gallery@crestonarts.com for more information or to become a voluntary art mentor.

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