The Lincoln County Arts Council will host the eighth annual Summer Art Camp at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
â€œItâ€™s a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to do something really fun and have a hands-on learning experience,â€ said Donna McMahon, freelance artists and instructor. â€œIt gives them a better appreciation to the world around them.â€
This yearâ€™s theme, â€œA Summer Festival,â€ will inspire studentsâ€™ artwork in drawing, painting, three-dimensional art, clay and crafts.
â€œWe try to give the students a taste of everything, from drawing to painting and sculpting,â€ said Mary Jane Howard, executive director of the Lincoln County Arts Council. â€œThe students are going to be making piÑatas and other things for different festivals and celebrations.â€
Each of the instructors come from different backgrounds and areas of expertise, bringing different ideas to the camp.
â€œItâ€™s a good combination of teachers, we complement each other,â€ said McMahon.
Along with McMahon, college student and best-of-show winner Amy Powell and college student and rising artist Leah Snyder will teach the art classes with 10 – 12 students each.
All the instructors are qualified artists selected to teach classes during the Art Camp.
â€œThe teachers are selected by their willingness to teach; the ones that like children and get along with them and have the knack for that,â€ Howard said.
â€œWeâ€™re all qualified for the job, they donâ€™t just take anyone, theyâ€™re really careful who they choose,â€ said McMahon. â€œ
This is the eighth year of the annual Summer Art Camp and the program continues to grow in quality rather than quantity.
â€œBecause we can only have 10 to 12 students per teacher, it doesnâ€™t grow in size,â€ said Howard. â€œBut the methods for teaching improve.
â€œThe teachers bring new ideas from school or crafts shows. I think our program gets better every year,â€ she added.
Students will attend classes in painting, drawing, sculpting and crafts in the artistsâ€™ studio, community room and rehearsal hall of the Cultural Center. Each class will be made up of three age groups. Classes run 9:30 a.m. – noon with a snack break in-between.
â€œItâ€™s a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to do something really fun and have a hands on learning experience,â€ said McMahon.
â€œItâ€™s really a well-balanced, well-rounded week. We make it something that interests everybody,â€she said. â€œUsually, the same students keep coming back because they enjoy it so much.â€
The Arts Council developed this program for students to learn more about themselves as artists and have fun. There is little competition among students for awards or prizes.
â€œItâ€™s just for fun,â€ said Howard. â€œWe donâ€™t want to put pressure on them. Itâ€™s suppose to be enjoyable and not like school.â€
The Arts Councilâ€™s funding comes through the Grassroots Art Program of the North Carolina Arts Council and local government.
â€œThis program is one of the few we charge for, because we have to pay teachers,â€ said Howard. â€œAny thing extra, the Arts Council pays for through funding.â€
The Arts Council continues to hold their annual art camp, despite a financial crisis caused by last autumnâ€™s cancellation of the Lincoln County Apple Festival; the festival is one of the main venues for selling merchandise and art.
â€œWe didnâ€™t have the money to pay for our T-shirts,â€ Howard said, referring to the T-shirts created specifically for the festival.
However, the Art Council refuses to let this issue become a problem for their annual programs.
Classes offered to students will last June 6 -10, followed by a small reception for parents and the public to view art created by the students.
For more information call the Lincoln Arts Council at (704) 732-9044.
by Maribeth Kiser