Young people discover various types of art at camp


While planning this year’s art camp at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour, Georgiann Coons asked some kids what they wanted to do.

One of them said, “More science.”

This is how the theme of “Arts in Sciences” was born for each session of the camp.

The projects revolved around something different every day: the galaxy, the weather, animals, amazing insects and whimsical flowers.

Between the two sessions, 67 students from kindergarten to grade five had the opportunity to draw the planets using pastels, make necklaces that looked like the planets, and create a galaxy jar with paint, cotton balls and sequins. They also made snow paste with hair conditioner and cornstarch, wetted coffee filters and painted them to make rainbows, drew sunflowers and painted them. painted and made flowers with tissue paper.

Other projects included painting wooden hexagons to fill with bee-related objects and using clay to make figurines.

To compile all the projects they’ve done, they’ve created art portfolios to take home and show off to family and friends.

“I tried to find things related to different fields of science,” said Coons, a member of the art center’s board. “I think it’s really fun to have a theme because even though you don’t have to be really scientific, it gets them thinking. We talk a bit about science every morning. We had a lot of good projects and a lot of fun.

Offering the camp every summer is a way to keep kids interested in art and let them know that it’s possible to make art with things around the house, Coons said.

“It doesn’t take much. You need a pencil and a piece of paper,” she said.

She enjoys being part of the camp every year.

“It’s really fun to share what I love to do,” Coons said. “I’m just an amateur, but I love art and I want them to love it too. The more art they can do, the better.

Aubrey Stahl, 6, and John Kruse, 7, attended art camp for the first time.

“I really like doing art,” Stahl said of why she chose to go to camp.

Her favorite activity was making clay objects in the imagination station room. She made a bunny.

“You can do whatever you want with the materials,” she said.

Kruse said he likes to draw pictures and do things. His favorite camp project was the galaxy jar, and he was thrilled to bring all his art home to show others.

Kameron Williams, 11, is a veteran of art camps, having attended summer for at least five years.

“I just like being able to do whatever I want here. It’s always a lot of fun,” he said.

So, what is his favorite type of art?

“I really like drawing and sketching. I like to draw really weird characters,” Williams said with a smile.

Every year, he says he has fun at art camp.

“I think for little kids it’s better so they can express their imaginations more,” Williams said. “Then at home they don’t really know everything they want to do, and that gives them something to do.”

Volunteering at art camp for the third summer was a looping moment for Liza Stuckwisch. The Seymour High School senior said she remembers going to camp when she was younger.

“I remember I loved music and I remember doing tie-dye,” she said. “I just remember having a lot of fun, so I was happy to come back and help. I love children. I think they’re all super fun and I love all the different personalities.

She was involved in the musical at SHS, so she serves as an example to campers that they can continue to do different types of art as they get older.

“It just exposes them to the arts,” she said. “In our community, we’re pretty athletic, and I think (the art camp) just gives them an example that you don’t have to do that or you can do music in high school and it’ll be fun. It gives them a different way to express themselves, and it just gives them a way to meet new people and have fun and do crafts and music and do different things than what they normally do.

Coons said she’s already thought about the theme for next year’s art camp — holidays or nations.

“I’m just starting to think about it now,” she said. “I keep a Pinterest board just for art camp when I see things that look interesting, things that I think they’d like.”

Until then, executive director Speck Mellencamp will be providing something to keep the kids busy with art the rest of this summer. Starting this week, Drop In and Draw with Speck will take place Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Art Center, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. The cost is $5 per session.

“It will help them develop their ideas or just sit and draw with them,” Coons said. “He wanted to do it the rest of the summer and see where it leads. Some of these kids are already taking private lessons with him, so that’s pretty cool too.

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