Summer camp was held in the month of June at the AWI studios this year. The never-tiring Regina Wise, Founder /Director of Art Is... Creation, Inc. puts this exciting program together every year. About 22 kids were participating every week. Art Is...Creation provided 40 scholarships this year. Some were recommended by their art teachers at the high school at the High School Art Show that
was sponsored by the Artists’ Workshop. Some were recommended by the Burns Sci Tech art teacher Mrs. Zahn and others were given scholarships who would not have an opportunity to have this amazing experience to be exposed to such a diverse and comprehensive fine arts program due to financial situations.
The summer camp consisted of 10 days of exciting art projects for elementary school students in the Kids Create Camp, and another 10 days for teenagers in the Teen Extreme Camp. For the small kids there were plenty of volunteers to help little hands with scissors and personal instruction. Some volunteers were from the ranks of Regina's personal friends, some were members of the Artists' Workshop, and some were the teens that would be doing their own projects in the teen camp. The classes began with an introduction from the day's teacher and their particular project. The teachers were also volunteers, some agreeing to teaching more than 2 or 3 days!
The projects were all exciting and wide-ranging. From making a dog portrait by gluing different colored beans together, to creating agamographs, to using the hot-wax technique to create the American flag, learning about the intricate ancient technique of origami, the kids did it all! Every project was connected to a famous artist that was introduced to them: Andy Warhol, MC Escher, and Picasso among them. The kids learned to sew monsters, created turtles out of clay, made small dishes with fused glass, and created a "book about me". They were introduced to watercolors made from organic materials found in nature, and used actual fish to create fish rubbing art. S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) was at the forefront of learning during each project presented at the camp.
So many exciting projects! After 4 weeks of creation, the tireless volunteers assembled the artwork onto large panels which created an awesome show. Budding Artists, Volunteers, Teachers and Sponsors were invited to attend the Reception & Gala last Sunday to share the artwork with the families and the community. There was finger food and refreshments for all to enjoy. There were many smiling and proud faces - young and old. The exhibit will be on display at the Artists’ Workshop and the City Chamber in Edgewater through July.
"Art Is...Creation continues to provide a quality program with talented and experienced Art Professionals and exceptional Adult and Teen Volunteers. A special Thank you to all who contributed to this program as a volunteer or a sponsor. You have helped provide a life-changing experience for over 1,400 children and teens over the past 8 years."
Founder/Director of Art Is...Creation, Inc.
And a hooray and big Thank You to all the volunteers, kids and instructors who made this such a great success!
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