Last updated: April 15. 2014 3:25PM - 704 Views
By Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer

Kara Donatelli/Courtesy photoBeth Hiss is working with students at Art Camp creating masterpieces. A variety of mediums will be offered to students during the two different weeks of camp this summer.
Kara Donatelli/Courtesy photoBeth Hiss is working with students at Art Camp creating masterpieces. A variety of mediums will be offered to students during the two different weeks of camp this summer.
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Registration has started for the Sampson Arts Council’s Summer Art Camp and there are some new opportunities available for older students this year, leaders noted.

The camp will be held during two weeks in July at the Victor R. Small house. Thirty-six students will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts projects during their week-long camp. Two different weeks — July 7-11 and July 14-18 — are available for students, with the younger camp for those entering the first grade through the sixth grade. It will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

“This year we will have two other camps for older students,” said Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council. This is her third art camp and this year, she said, there are going to be totally new classes for the older students. The camp used to be just for first through eighth grade, but this year there will be classes for students grades seven through their senior year.

“We will have workshops for the older students that will be more advanced,” explained Donatelli. Students in the classes will have the opportunity to use different tools, like in the jewelry class that is being offered.

Both the painting class and the jewelry-making class are new additions to the camp. The jewelry class will be taught by Marsha Terry. Her class will begin on July 15 for two afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be jewelry on display for the students to see examples of the finished work. The first day the class will make a necklace and the second meeting they will make a wire wrapped button ring and a glass tile pendant. Found objects will also be incorporated into the pieces as well. The cost for the class will be $60 for members and $75 for non-members.

“They will be able to create pieces (of jewelry) they will really enjoy wearing,” Donatelli added, saying there will also be a painting class available to students.

The painting class will be taught by Beth Hill. The students will be working on a pet portrait in acrylic paint. The first day students will learn how to use color as well as work on the background. The second session will involve completing the demonstration and putting final touches on the painting. She will go over textural effects as well as how to paint feathers and fur. Hill’s class will be held July 8 and 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well.

“It is fun to learn from her,” said Donatelli. “She paints and sells her work as well. It’s fun and exciting to learn from her.”

Donatelli said they are glad to be able to offer these classes for the older students.

“There’s not as much offered for them,” she stressed.. “We wanted to do something new.”

She said that the kids have a great time at the camp, and that they are excited to come plus they are proud of what they have created. The student artwork will be on display at the end of the camps during an Artist Reception on Friday, July, 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m., where students’ creations will be out for family and friends. A light lunch will be provided as well.

“We will have various different art forms,” added Donatelli. “We offer something different than what they might do at school, something fun and different.”

The cost for the jewelry and painting classes will be $60 for members and $75 for non-members and will include supplies.

The arts camp will be offered July 7-11 and July 14-18. The first session will be Art Around the World and the second will be Art Extravaganza. Class will go from 8:30 a.m. to noon and tuition is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers.

The registration deadline is June 24 for all classes and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Classes will fill up quickly said Donatelli.

Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at ebrown@civitasmedia.com.

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