7/2/2012 8:07:00 AM Art for Kids Summer Camp in Sedona
Joan Bourque and Art For Kidsí teen intern Rhiannon Driver with the mural created last summer by young artists enrolled in summer art camp. This mural is on permanent display at the Sedona Arts Center and Rhiannon will return this year to complete her internship at ďAnimals in Art.Ē
Serena Allen, age 9, with her creations from last summerís Art For Kidsí camp.
Registration is now open for Art For Kids' eighth annual summer art camp titled, "Animals in Art." Children ages 5-12 are invited to come monkey around while having a roarin' good time creating colorful imaginative art at the Sedona Arts Center.
The camp will begin with a fieldtrip on Saturday July 7th to the Out of Africa Wildlife Park where youngsters will take a tour on the tram, explore the Serengetti, and attend Tiger Splash and the Snake Show. The photos and/or sketches that the young artists create of the animals will be used as a reference to create art at the camp that begins Monday, July 9.
"Being able to spend quality time touching and sensing the animals before camp will give the students extra inspiration," said volunteer director, Zenna MacGregor.
This summer's camp will feature fun projects about zebras, lions, bears, and even some "zoomorphs." Using pastels, fiberclay, acrylics, inks, and more, students will create both real and imagined animals as well as learn some art history in the process. Lessons on Andy Warhol's "Grevy's Zebra" and Paul Klee's "Cat and Bird" will be shared in an innovating and exciting way through visual and performance art.
Camp is held at two studios at the Sedona Arts Center and begins daily with animal yoga poses led by certified yoga instructor, Amber Martinez.
"Yoga is a great way to wake up sleepy heads and it actually helps students to focus their energy so that they can create their best art. Plus they can imitate the very animals they just spent time with," stated Martinez.
After yoga, students have snack then head up to the South Studio where a lesson in visual art awaits their tiny hands and large imaginations. Led by certified art instructors and professional artists such as Joan Bourque and Cheryl Heimer, students will be encouraged in both process and product so that they end up focusing their energy to create their best art.
In addition to the terrific teachers, Art For Kids summer art camp has a teen internship program. This year's youth leader will be Rhiannon Driver, age 16, returning for her second summer.
"The teen internship program really helps an youngster realize their potential as a leader and allows those of us who have been teaching art for a long time to be mentors and share our knowledge and skills with the next generation," says Bourque. "It is a win-win arrangement, the teen helps us while we assist them."
Part of Art For Kids' mission statement as a 501c3 non-profit organization is to offer quality art camps that use professional artists and art materials to families who could not otherwise afford to send their children.
"We have never turned away a child due to the family's inability to pay for art classes or art camps," says MacGregor. "In fact, In the past 8 years, Art For Kids has provided over 10k in scholarships to local families who demonstrated need."
Camp will run July 9-13, daily (Monday-Friday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details on the all-day fieldtrip upon registering. Registration can be done online at secure website or in person at the Sedona Art Supply store. For more information www.artforkidssedona.com