Kids study art history at camp

Published 7:43 pm Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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From left: Keith Eidson, 8, Logan Rich, 9, Jamie Wallace, 11, and Jaqavious Wallace 9, proudly show the Indian beadwork jewelry they have made, as teacher Pam Cross looks on in the background. When asked what they planned to do with their necklaces, the boys all responded, “Wear them.” — Carolyn Iamon

It is a full house the first week of summer Arts Camp that began Monday at the Firehouse Gallery. Thirty young aspiring artists, grades two through seven, are learning how to appreciate and express the history of Bainbridge and Decatur County through art.

This year’s theme is, “Time travel through Art,” and the classes are divided into two rooms of 15 students each. One group has been forming Indian pottery bowls and the Flint River animals such as turtles, and learning to string Indian beaded necklaces; while the other group is making modern art out of maps of the city or the county. Later lessons in this week will concentrate on early transportation as the youth learn to draw riverboats as well as local historic buildings.

The classes are being taught by Carroll Bolton and Pam Cross, with assistance from Ashley Long.

The classes are sponsored by the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts. Firehouse Director Cheryl Carvajal, said although this week’s classes are full, there is still room in next week’s classes, which will be duplicates of what was presented this week.

To enroll, come by Artsy on the Square to fill out the enrollment form and make the payment of $50 per child. All students must have completed second through fifth grade to participate. Call 243-1010 for more information about the camp.