Programme Director/Instructor of the Creative Studio Boutique, Stacey Bethel-Adderley, is once again running a Summer Art Camp at her Creative Studio Boutique located above Home Fabrics, Apt.8 from June 30 to August 1. This is the fifth year running that she has offered this Art camp.
Students have the option of attending half day, full-day or extended day sessions or they may attend daily as drop-in campers.
It is open to children aged 3 to 11 years.
There is both plenty of education and fun at the Summer Art Camp. The curriculum covers drawing, painting, no-bake cooking, crafts, jewellery making, drama dance, and an activity centre. Each morning begins with a talk and a demonstration by Ms. Adderley of the topic and skill planned for that day.
The first week covered ‘Painting with the Masters’ and each day the work of a different famous painter was explored. Day one was the Russian painter Wassilly Kandinsky who is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Day two was Paul Klee the Swiss painter whose highly individual style was influenced by expressionism, cubism and surrealism. On day three students studied Grant Wood, the American painter who grew up in the rural American Midwest and who is famous for his iconic image of the 20th century in his painting ‘American Gothic’. Day four saw the students studying Georgia O’Keeffe who is reputed to be the mother of American modernism and is known especially for her large format paintings of enlarged blossoms.
Following an interesting talk and demonstrations each day the campers then painted their own versions in the style of the painter of the day. The children’s paintings were quite impressive and by the end of the week they had compiled an excellent little gallery of their own masterpieces.
The last day of each week is scheduled as ‘fun day’ when the students can participate in free play, games and acting and at the close of the first week the students also painted a mural
Some very exciting and imaginative projects were planned for the remaining weeks of camp.
Week 2: Make Believe Places.
Week 3: Under the Big Top (All things Circus).
Week 4: In the Garden.
All students were advised to ‘dress to get messy’ and to bring a big shirt and/or apron. They had the option of a meal plan which was popular since the food was provided by Oasis restaurant.
All of the children were very enthusiastic about this summer camp and many return year after year. Samantha Sawyer has attended every year since its inception five years ago. “It is really fun and interesting. I love painting and having fun with my friends and I learn something new every time,” she says.
Ashley Hall is attending for her fourth year and in addition to being a talented little artist she also loves the crafts. Hugh Deal, who is only four years old, first attended the Creative Arts Boutique along with his mother for a ‘Mommy and Me’ class.
“I like building with blocks best and the food,” he said. Ms. Adderley tailors the activities to the age range of each of the children and says that she provides lots of hands-on experience for the little ones.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Creative Studio 5th Annual Summer Art Camp can look online at www.creativestudioabaco.webs.com or check out their Facebook page ‘Creative Studio Abaco.’
Ms. Adderley can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.