Young artists create variety of works at Firehouse art camp

Published 4:20 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

The second session of the Firehouse Arts Camp is underway. This session featured some art camp returners and more difficult projects that required stenciling and focus.

Taught by Lynn Davis and Scott Eason of Cairo, the campers have done a variety of projects. Davis said they first learned about the color wheel and then created color wheel eyeballs as a project. They then created their own aprons and Eason was able to airbrush each of their names onto it. In addition they created an acrylic owl painting, a painting of a dragonfly and painted inspirational mandalas.

The campers stenciled out a mandala and painted the background before completing it with an inspirational quote. Following their mandala project, the campers also continued to paint rocks to hide in the square and make pinch flower pots to take home for their parents. The kids also each colored a water bottle to add to the Chahulli chandelier art installation project that will grow each year.

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Morris Smith, 8, returned to camp this year and said his favorite project was the acrylic owl painting. He said even though he had participated in camp before he did learn something new. He learned how to mix colors, because he had never done that before.

While Smith enjoyed mixing colors and painting, he said his favorite art activity is still drawing.

Another returning camper, Bryce Hatcher really enjoyed the ability to stretch her artistic ability this year.

She said the day they worked on Jackson Pollock inspired drip art paintings in the courtyard was her favorite.

“Since we are older, the projects are a little more difficult and challenging now,” she said. “But, I like that more it really pushes your skills to the limit.”

While pushing her skills to the limit, Hatcher said she learned that no one can mess up in art. In the words of Bob Ross, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

The young artists all enjoyed their week and were looking forward to their ice cream celebration and finished paintings. The second week of camp for third through sixth graders will be offered July 15-19 at cost $90 per student.