A Minia­ture World

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - MARLON HECTOR

Kids take part in Sum­mer arts pro­grams at the Moose Jaw Mu­seum & Art Gallery.

Fin­ley Hen­der­son, 10, is adamant that fairies don’t ex­ist.

“No, I think I know some facts of the world,” he said.

That didn’t stop him from cre­at­ing a fairy gar­den this week at the Moose Jaw Mu­seum & Art Gallery (MJM&AG) in their ‘Minia­ture World’ pro­gram.

Co-or­di­na­tor Cora Me­lan­son was keen to run this part of the pro­gram. “Ev­ery­thing we cre­ated was small — it made for in­ter­est­ing artis­tic tech­niques,” she said.

“Did you guys have fun this week?” she asked to roars from the group of nine to 12 year-old kids.

“We’ve used dif­fer­ent types of clay and also ev­ery­day ob­jects. It’s the cre­ative process that’s im­por­tant,” said Me­lan­son.

Fri­day marked the cul­mi­na­tion of the five-day pro­gram theme. The young artists were care­fully work­ing on the fin­ish­ing touches of their projects.

“We use this fima clay be­cause you can bake it in the oven and we made minia­ture an­i­mals for our gar­dens. That was my favourite part,” said nine-yearold Har­lee Thirsk-Palmer.

For Hen­der­son, mush­room fairy houses were a favourite, but again, he wanted to make clear — fairies are just imag­i­nary. “To­day was es­pe­cially cool be­cause we got to fin­ish and use all the things we’ve been mak­ing all week,” he said.

Kiera Chaboyer, 10, couldn’t pick a favourite. “It’s all been so good. And mostly, mak­ing new friends has been the best part for me,” she said.

Christy Sch­weiger, ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor for MJM&AG, came up with the themes of the camp. “For the minia­tures, I was in­trigued by the idea of mak­ing what is nor­mally big, small. In dif­fer­ent medi­ums, us­ing ev­ery­day things and things from the kids homes,” she said.

Sch­weiger sees pro­grams like this as an im­por­tant part of be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

“We want to have an im­pact on all sec­tions, all ages. From kids, to teens to adults to adults with dis­abil­i­ties,” she said.

“We want to in­clude as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

The MJM&AG Sum­mer art and culture camp runs through to Septem­ber with Cana­dian her­itage-themed art projects.

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ABOVE: Foll­wo­ing the theme of A Minia­ture World, a paint­ing is recre­ated at the Moose Jaw Mu­seum and Art Gallery’s 2017 Sum­mer Art & Culture Camp. LEFT: Har­lee Thirsk-Palmer, 9, and Keira Chaboyer, 10, from Moose Jaw take a pop­corn break.

Har­lee Thirsk-Palmer, 9, shows off her minia­ture ship in a bot­tle at the Moose Jaw Mu­seum and Art Gallery’s 2017 Sum­mer Art & Culture Camp.

MARLON HECTOR/TIMES-HERALD

BACK LEFT TO RIGHT, Bri­anna Colenutt, 11, Justin Aran­dia, 12 Mia Don­ald­son, 12, and FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT, Ice Perez, 7, Sum­mer Chase, 10, Kiera Chaboyer, 10, Fin­ley Hen­der­son, 10, El­iz­a­beth Colenutt, 9, and Har­lee Thirsk-Palmer, 9, show off their fairy gar­dens at the Moose Jaw Mu­seum and Art Gallery’s 2017 Sum­mer Art & Culture Camp.

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