Camp unleashes children’s creativityPublished 1:20pm Friday, June 7, 2013
By Lynden Blake, Staff Writer
Jamie Dark put on the 11th annual Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp this week at Radney Elementary School.
“This whole week was about creativity and the freedom to do with your hands what your mind imagines,” Dark said.
A mural graces Radney’s lunchroom from last year’s camp.
“This year we are painting four rather large paintings that we hope to hang in the hospital,” Dark said.
Dark said the paintings are bright and fun with objects such as fish and critters on them.
The children also painted two more murals for Radney.
“We painted one mural in the hallway, and another big mural in Mrs. Teel’s room,” Dark said. “We enjoy doing these for the school. It is our way of giving back.”
The camp has four classes this year, Dark said, including painting and drawing, creative movement, drama and mixed media.
“This year in mixed media we did paper making and paper weaving,” said Dark.
The children get to use the paper they made to create a book to take home.
Dark said she was thrilled once again this year with the turnout.
“We had 87 campers, 26 teenage assistants, eight adult volunteers and four teachers,” Dark said.
The teachers this year were Megan Welch, who taught mixed media, Kristi Moncrief, who taught creative movement, Crystal Phillips, who directed drama and Shannon Culver, who taught painting and drawing.
“It has been a great year,” said Dark. “Our teachers are wonderful.”
Dark said the children always have a great time.
“They do lots of fun art projects, and they learn about all types of art like visual and performing arts,” Dark said.
Dark said she wanted the kids to learn that there is so much freedom and socialization in art.
Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp takes place every summer during the first full week of June from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.