Art Center set to kick off Camp Creativity

PARKERSBURG – Scholarships remain available to attend the Parkersburg Art Center’s Camp Creativity for kids.

The camp encouraging artistic and cultural development kicks off Monday at the art center on Market Street where planners are prepping for the nine weeks of art-related summer fun for kids.

“Every year Camp Creativity has a theme that all our activities are based around, and this year the theme is ‘Animal in Art,'” said Camp Director Jessie Siefert. “Our kids will have fun creating habitats, learning about camouflage and movement, designing fantastic fantasy animals and more, all while learning the basics of line, balance, shape, color, design and pattern. We are integrating the arts with life sciences and having a roaring good time.”

Each week of camp features programming specific to kids entering first through third grades, fourth through sixth grades, and pre-school youngsters aged four and five. Two weeks are also earmarked for teens.

Participants will rotate through three classrooms each day of their week, learning different lessons, skills and techniques in each. These skills range from painting, drawing, sculpture and collage to clay and fabric arts.

Lessons can include studies of famous artists to art styles to discussions on symbolism in art. Each week is unique because each staff member (which include area pre-school, elementary, middle and high school art teachers) brings something new to the program.

“There is a lot of individual attention in the classroom and a great deal of diversity too. This camp is definitely fun and dynamic,” Siefert said.

On Fridays the campers all wear their personalized, souvenir T-shirts, she said. Family and friends are invited to see the week’s artwork on display.

“These Friday Gallery Openings are a great way to honor these young artists and celebrate their creativity,” Siefert said.

A camp added to the lineup is Clay for Teens, she said. Participants will learn to make pottery, which they will glaze, and use the potter’s wheel, Siefert said.

“Clay has become so popular,” she said.

Camp Creativity is made possible by grants from the Henry Logan Children’s Home Foundation, Williamstown Bank, Star Plastics, Kraton and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Art Center Director Abby Hayhurst said.

The sponsors make it possible to offer financial aid for campers, she said.

“I have some money available for scholarships. I don’t have a lot,” she said. “But I don’t want to have any by the end of the year.”

Participants who qualify for free or reduced meals in school may qualify for the camp scholarships. Parents can learn about the financial aid programs by calling the Art Center at 304-485-3859, Hayhurst said.

The information including the Camp Creativity schedule is posted on the Art Center’s website at www.parkersburgartcenter.org and on Facebook.

The camp for 4- and 5-year olds beginning Monday is full. The schedule and fees for the other camps are:

* Mini: 10 a.m.-noon daily Aug. 5-9. Limited to 20 students. Cost per week is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers. A few spots remain open for August.

* Kids entering grades 1-3: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 8-12, and July 22-26. Limit 30 students.

Cost per week is $85 members and $95 non-members.

* Kids entering grades 4-6: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 24-28 and July 15-19. Limit is 30 participants.

Cost per week is $85 members and $95 for non-members

* Clay for Teens for grades 7-12: 1-3 p.m. July 1-5. Limit 10 participants.

Cost per week is $85 members and $95 for non-members

* Teen Mixed Media Studio: 1-4 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. Limit 15 participants.

Cost per week is $85 members and $95 for non-members