Children's Art Museum offers
four creative summer camp programs
By Holly Calmes
Special to GwinnettForum.com
MAY 24, 2002 -- Four amazing art camps for kids ages 5-12 begin
June 3 and conclude August 2 at the Gwinnett Children's Arts Museum.
There will be four sessions, each lasting two weeks. Although each
session has different themes and projects, each session offers a
full hour per day of drawing, painting, clay and other three-dimensional
design, and drama.
The "Art at Play" camp schedule consists of:
- Journey to the Center of the Earth Camp--- June 3-14.
- "Carnival of Animals" Camp---June 17-28.
- "The Time Machine" Camp---July 8-19.
- "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" Camp---July 22-August
Camp begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cost is $280 per two-week session. Early drop-off and late pick-up
are available for an additional fee. Campers must bring their own
brown bag lunch.
All instructors are Gwinnett County public school art teachers
who lead separate age-compatible classes of only 15 kids per class.
Says Nadine Aberdeen, director of Education, "This is not a
craft camp. Everything campers do will teach principles of fine
art while having a lot of creative fun. Unfortunately, art instruction
in our public schools is being downscaled. Here we can offer a teaching
alternative with a wider range of exciting media and materials.
Even our early drop-off and late pick-up is structured play."
The camps have been themed with a creative purpose. Each camp will
offer many projects. A few of them are as follows:
* During "Journey to the Center of the Earth Camp",
kids will decide for themselves how insects that live underground
might look, and create their own versions. These drawings will evolve
into paper mache and found object sculptures.
* "Carnival of Animals" camp provides many fun
ideas with 'critters' as a theme. Each camper will make their own
accordion book featuring a never-ending parade of animals overlapping
from page to page. Animal puppets will be a favorite creative endeavor.
* The "Time Machine" camp is not based on the
movie! It is a way to transport campers back in time to learn about
art from past ages. There will be a "time machine" group
project, however, which will be a key element in the session's-end
* "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" camp will find
campers creating a huge collaged mural depicting underwater scenes,
making individual "fish hats", a diorama of sunken treasure,
ceiling-suspended soft sculpture sea monsters, and their own mixed-media
At the end of every two-week session, campers will present an original
dramatic presentation open to an audience of family and friends.
This production will incorporate visuals and themes learned during
There is space presently available in all four camps, although
space is limited due to the strict teacher-student ratio. Answers
to questions and reservations can be found by calling 770-623-6002
The Children's Arts Museum is a part of the Hudgens Center for
the Arts. These institutions are supported entirely by corporations,
foundations, memberships, and private giving. They are located in
the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center complex at 6400 Sugarloaf
Parkway, Building 300. The complex is only one block west of I-85
and Exit 108. For more information, call 770-623-6002.
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