YMCA show­cases chil­dren’s art

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — On Thurs­day, July 27, cam­pers from the Eas­ton Fam­ily YMCA sum­mer camp pro­grams held an art show at Mo­ton Ele­men­tary to show­case their hard work and cre­ativ­ity.

The event was held in the cafe­te­ria of the ele­men­tary school and fea­tured sev­eral of the projects the cam­pers had com­pleted dur­ing their sum­mer camps.

The art pro­gram for the YMCA sum­mer camp pro­grams has been funded by the Artis­tic In­sight Grant through the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for the last three years, and it fo­cuses on in­tro­duc­ing chil­dren to not only art but to dif­fer­ent medi­ums of art as well.

“The grant has al­lowed us to ex­pose kids to the arts

that may not have the op­por­tu­nity to,” Derek White, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the YMCA of Eas­ton, said. “The grant also al­lows kids who are in­volved in the arts to ex­plore dif­fer­ent medi­ums.”

On one end of the room was a fish mu­ral which was dec­o­rated with brightly painted fish, sea­weed and a bright blue sky. There were also quilt­ing projects, spray paint art, col­lages, and even an elec­tri­cal art project fea­tur­ing con­stel­la­tions.

The main at­trac­tion was wooden yard signs the chil­dren had painted with in­spi­ra­tional quotes and pos­i­tive de­signs. Art teacher Josepha Price headed up many of the art projects for the camp this year and said it was won­der­ful see­ing how en­gaged the chil­dren were in art.

“These signs are an ex­am­ple of them work­ing to­gether,” Price said.

Price said even though she is the teacher it is the chil­dren who have taught her so much.

“These chil­dren, a lot of them do not com­mu­ni­cate very well, and may have lan­guage bar­ri­ers,” Price said. “But with art they are help­ing each other and lift­ing one another up, and other kids are learn­ing Span­ish as a re­sult. It seems we were all learn­ing some­thing the en­tire time.”

In the back of the room was pizza and drinks for the chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to en­joy af­ter they checked out all the art work.

Ash­ley and Lee Stow­ers of Eas­ton were at the event to see their 8-yearold son Xavier Stow­ers’ art work.

“I think this is art show is re­ally nice,” Ash­ley Stow­ers said. “It is pretty cool to see all the dif­fer­ent art­work.”

Lee Stow­ers said his son could not wait to show them his fish he had painted for the mu­ral.

Nori Burkhardt of Eas­ton and her 7-year-old son Jonas Burkhardt were also at the event and said the af­ter­noon camp mo­ti­vated Jonas to com­plete his class­work and to stay through­out the en­tire day.

“He was su­per ex­cited about camp,” Burkhardt said. “He was able to get his work done and then he had camp to look for­ward to.”

Fol­low­ing the art show, chil­dren were en­cour­aged to take much of the art home with them. The large mu­ral and quilt made by the chil­dren will be hung in the YMCA of Eas­ton for all to en­joy.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Eas­ton Fam­ily YMCA and its sum­mer camp pro­grams, visit www.ym­cachesa­peake.org.

PHOTOS BY DENAE SPIERING

On Thurs­day, July 27, YMCA of Eas­ton sum­mer camp pro­grams held a chil­dren’s art show at the Mo­ton Ele­men­tary in Eas­ton. The art was com­pleted by YMCA cam­pers through an Artis­tic In­sight Grant.

PHOTOS BY DENAE SPIERING

On Thurs­day, July 27, YMCA of Eas­ton sum­mer camp pro­grams held a chil­dren’s art show at the Mo­ton Ele­men­tary in Eas­ton. The art was com­pleted by YMCA cam­pers through an Artis­tic In­sight Grant.

Above chil­dren point to the dif­fer­ent con­stel­la­tions they cre­ated on the large light board.

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