Trinity Lutheran hosts an introductory art camp

Spray dish soap on the clipboard and then add spray paint.

Using metal stamps to create words and images in clay. Placing plant stems and potting soil in painted jars. Preparation of shrinking melons.

Drawing a self-portrait. Watercolor painting. Makes engraving, ceramics and shadow painting.

Twenty-six boys and girls of primary school age tried all of these arts during a recent three-day art camp at Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour.

Art teacher Carrie Adler said she tried to suggest it a few years ago, but there was little interest. This time, thanks to the camp’s advertising on social media, interest was plentiful.

“It was fast this time. It filled up in about three days, “Adler said.

She concluded with a waiting list and encouraged the parents of these children to sign up for the art camp at the South Indiana Arts Center in Seymour, which has been proposed for the past two weeks.

“Between the two of us, we can serve many of the youth in Jackson County and surrounding counties,” Adler said. “It’s important to include them and get creative. I think we offer every sports camp alive, but not much for the creative ones. ”

The camp sessions lasted for three hours, and on the last day the children and their families could return that evening to see the art show, which included all the items made. Then they took their finished pieces home.

In setting up the camp route, Adler said she had received ideas from art teachers who followed on social media and The Art of Education University.

“Many times I will take high school (art project) and break it into something simpler,” she said. “With a few days, we can do many things in one project so that they get experience with prints and drawing, tracing and painting and all things in one project.”

Elsie Hopkins, 9, who is in fourth grade at Immanuel Lutheran School in Seymour, said her favorite pastime is spray-painting clipboards.

“It was really fun,” she said.

Since she was doing art at school and at home, she thought the camp would be fun.

“I just really like art and that you can just create your own art,” Hopkins said. “There are no set rules and you can do all these different kinds of art in the abstract. I like to be creative because it makes me feel free. Sometimes when I’m at home and doing art, it’s like you’re breaking away from the world and just having fun. ”

7-year-old Joseph Cremenes, a sophomore at White Creek Lutheran School in Columbus, said he liked the clay project.

“I enjoyed stamping and making my name, dragonfly and butterfly,” he said.

Like Hopkins, he enjoys art at school and at home.

“We do a lot at school. “Sometimes I do it at home,” he said. “I just love to paint whatever I want.”

At camp, Cremeans said she enjoys making new friends and also working and learning from Adler and 10 of her students.

Adler said the high school assistants were amazing.

“They were wonderful leaders,” she said. “They cleared their little hearts while they were here, and I offered them a free T-shirt. That’s definitely equal. “

As for the food for home from the camp, Adler said he hopes the children will keep their love of art.

“I think one of the things that happens when kids grow up is that they forget to be creative and they forget how to be creative because everything tends to be so structured and we follow that plan for everything,” she said.

One of the things she focuses on with her high school students is creativity first, and skills and technique will come later.

“Many times my high school kids won’t be able to handle things until they get older, but that’s not a problem for me,” Adler said. “I want creativity to thrive because they are here or to return to their system. I want them to be creative. While doing the same project, they all have to look very different from each other. This is the goal.”

The plan is to hold the camp again next summer and maybe even split it into two sessions – one for first and second graders and the other for third and fourth graders.

“Let’s hope that next year they want to come back or their friends want to come,” Adler said. “That would be nice, because I think it would be easier for some of those with more instruments to be in a different group, because they can do a little bit more.”

This time, the children studied many types of art, so Adler said she would have to be creative in designing the camp for next year.

“I had a few things in my back pocket for just one day, so I really used everything I had,” she said. “I will have to really think about how we will improve next year and focus on different things. I’m going to have to be more creative next year because I think I’ve used my entry-level project toolkit. “

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