Calgary Herald

Art camps give kids creative outlet

- BY SHAWN HOULT FOR SUMMER CAMPS

rt camps provide kids with the opportunit­y to explore their creative side and express themselves in new ways.

ACampers get the chance to learn skills and work with media to which they might not otherwise be exposed, while creating both memories and physical works that can last a lifetime.

Calgary School of Art instructor Kelly Covert says art provides children with a valuable avenue for fun

and expression. “Arts are the foundation of our culture, so it’s really important to get kids interested,” says Covert. “It’s really important for kids to have a chance to have an outlet like this for their creativity.”

The Calgary School of Art offers two different summer camps for kids age six to 12. Abstract Painting Camp and Drawing Camp will both run from July 9 to 13, and July 16 to 20. The two camps can be attended either as weeklong half-day camps or back-toback as full-day camps.

Both camps are designed for kids of all skill levels, with a focus on introducin­g students to new media, new techniques, and new ways to express themselves and enjoy the world of art. “It gives them an environmen­t to be free and to do these kinds of things that they normally wouldn’t be able to,” says Covert. “In the abstract painting camp they get down and dirty, and there are all these different mediums,

textures, and just a whole bunch of fun stuff.” Clay For Kids also offers summer camps for kids who are interested in art and don’t mind getting dirty. Full- and half-day camps are available for kids

ages five to 13. Camps run through July and the first half of August, and are available either day-by-day or in full-week packages. Campers get a chance to work

with building a different the pottery and theme ceramic wheel, each painting, as day. well Clay as with for clay Kids program co-ordinator Tracey Dennehy says though there are daily themes kids are encouraged to pursue whatever their interests might be, with no limits on how much they can create.

“They produce so many projects they’re often amazed. If somebody signs up for three days of camp they have enough birthday presents and Christmas presents for their aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmas and grandpas,” says Dennehy.

For those who want to learn to draw realistica­lly, Aliki’s Art House focuses on teaching kids proper techniques and instilling a lifelong love of art through high-quality instructio­n. Aliki’s Art House features three

levels of weeklong drawing camps as well as a beginners, sculpting camp, with morning and afternoon camps running throughout both July and August.

Owner Alice Rathgeber says the camp follows a step-by-step process that can teach anyone to draw. Camps focus on skill developmen­t, introducti­on to various styles and media, and encouragin­g kids to embrace their own creativity and be unafraid of making mistakes.

“A lot of kids don’t like making mistakes, so the big thing we stress is that it’s OK to make mistakes in art. It’s actually better, because a mistake is just a new idea waiting to happen,” says Rathgeber.

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