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Summer art camp draws on the imagination

 

A student creates fine details on her watercolor creation at Manley Kids Art Camp. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
 

Brightly colored paintings,  paint brushes, watercolor paint and a room filled with imagination were all part of the atmosphere at Wednesday’s Manley Kids Art Camp at Wrights Custom Framing and Art Supplies. The summer classes  are taught by Janeen Vick. 

“I’m 6.5 and I’ve been dying and dying to do it,” Elise Morrell said of attending the art camp.

Morrell’s been eager to attend because  “my sister is doing it and she’s been coming home with really cool pictures.”

 

 

Brightly colored paintings,  paint brushes, watercolor paint and a room filled with imagination were all part of the atmosphere at Wednesday’s Manley Kids Art Camp at Wrights Custom Framing and Art Supplies. The summer classes  are taught by Janeen Vick. 

“I’m 6.5 and I’ve been dying and dying to do it,” Elise Morrell said of attending the art camp.

Morrell’s been eager to attend because  “my sister is doing it and she’s been coming home with really cool pictures.”

The class has been offered all summer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for youth ages 7-14. The camp runs through Aug. 3. 

Vick said the camp has gone well.

“It’s been really fun,” she said. “I think this year has been the best in a lot of ways. More people have come than ever before.”

The numbers fluctuate, but on some days Vick has as many as 28 children. 

At the  beginning of the camp, Vick taught the youth the basics of watercolor,  such as what the color wheel is, how to mix paint in a palette and how much water to put in the paint. 

After learning basic skills, the children learned more technical skills, such as how to sponge paint and how to blow paint.

“All of these little tricks, these are the fun things that the kids love,” Vick said. “They absolutely just go crazy over those things. It’s so fun to watch them get so excited.”

At her first day of camp on Wednesday, Morrell painted a watercolor of her horse Reckless.

“I’m making my first horse,” Morrell said. “It was pretty hard to do, but I did it. I love him.”

Children Spensyr Gotfriend, 6, and Davae McMillan, 8, love the class as well.

“Painting. We get to do the pictures.We paint them,”  Gotfried said of her favorite part of the camp.

“I like learning how to paint,” McMillan said. “I came to learn how to paint and to raise money for my family.”

During the first hour of camp, the children learn new techniques, then break for lunch. The lunches have been provided by the community kitchens, Vick said.

In the afternoon, the children come back and work on a project that lasts about 90 minutes. For the last 30 minutes of camp, once a week, the youth have sharing time. 

During sharing time, a few children have an opportunity to show their work, and to listen to their fellow campers give them compliments about their art, Vick said.

“It’s been a really important part of art camp. It brings the kids out of their shell,” she said.

Vick said she enjoys watching the children develop. 

“After they learn the basics, then they can progress into knowing how to make art,” Vick said. “And for me as a teacher, that’s really exciting that they’re not just painting pretty pictures, they’re making art.”

The community will have an opportunity to see all of the art in August. 

Next month, the art from the class will be showcased at the Manley Art Center and Gallery.

All of the youth who attended the classes throughout the summer can bring a few of their paintings to Wrights Custom Framing and Art Supplies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Vick said she will make sure the paintings are brought to  Manley and are hung for the show. The art will also be on display for August’s Second Saturday Art Walk.

At the end of August, parents can pick up their child’s paintings, Vick said.

Vick started the summer art classes about five years ago.  She said she looked around town for a way to introduce children to art, and thought “there’s a need for some kids’ classes here.”

She also started the classes because she adores children.

“I love kids. I absolutely love children,” Vick said. “And I love art, so I put my two loves together.”

 

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