An art camp in Old Washington keeps the spark of creativity well ignited among the youngest members in the community.
The art camp hosted by the Ohio River Valley Art Guild invited children to participate in practicing fine arts during its art camp. Activities ranging from pottery, painting to pop art have been keeping children enthralled throughout the week. The camp has been a long running activity for the art guild, with the number of participants growing each year. Toby Fried, member of the guild, taught children the meticulous art of pottery.
“Our whole idea is to bring art to the community,” Fried said.
Fried has been a member of the guild for many years, and said the art camp has been bringing art to young members of the community for around 20 years. So many children have enrolled for the camp, that over the past couple of years some have had to be turned away because the camp’s is filled to capacity. To remedy this increase in attendees, Fried said the guild is now hosting the camp for two sessions.
“This is the first time we’re doing back to back,” she said. “Next week we’ll do exactly the same thing, but we’re going to have about 45 to 50 different kids.”
On top of art camp allowing younger children to attend, the guild will also host a camp for teens the week of June 25. While the children’s camp gives the attendees a taste for many different art styles and mediums, the teens will receive a more focused approach.
“There will be less teachers teaching, but there will be more fine art,” Fried said. “They’re going to do a painting from the very beginning, and setting it up.
Some of the work the children have been doing will be on display at the Maysville-Mason County Recreation Park. Stephanie Martinez, vice president of the guild, have been giving the children a project to teach them about famous artists and their works.
“Each group has studied different artists, and each person in each group took one little piece of the painting,” Martinez said, “and I showed them how you can take something large, and break it down into something small by doing a grid.”
Groups of 7- and 8-year-olds came together to recreate works by artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse, one piece at a time, and mount the individual images onto pallets provided by Lowes of Maysville.
“We started out by showing them how it’s a puzzle,” Martinez said, “so it was kind of like little challenges.”
According to Martinez, the finished projects should be on display at the rec park by the weekend. Another, similar project is in the works for next week’s camp in the form of pop art representing major figures and celebrities in the community.
Martinez has also worked with the art guild and the camp for several years, and has seen the impact the event has on the community. The camp, being a mainstay in the community, has begun to bridge generations.
“Adults have come up and said “Oh this art camp, I remember doing this when I was a kid,” and “this was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done,” so it’s been going on for a long time.