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Hickory Museum of Art has a fun, exciting way for children to spend some time this summer and develop their creativity in a fun and stimulating environment.
The week-long, half-day Art Camps explore a variety of media. What better setting to learn, make art and have fun than at an art museum? Youth Educator Ginny Zellmer has been with HMA for 13 years. During her time there, art camp classes — which were in place before she came to the Museum — have grown in popularity, and in what is offered.
“The classes are a way to express their (children) creativity,” Zellmer said. “They learn you can make art from not just paint and brushes — that's when their creativity really blooms.”
For example, youngsters learn the importance and necessity of recycling in “Earth Matters.” The message is clear: Help save the Earth. Children learn how to make a soda bottle fish, turn an old jar into a terrarium, roll beads from paper and create CD art and more.
“You never know when you're going to spark that one child's interest in art,” Zellmer said. “I've taught a few that have gone on to a career in art. Several of the children I had as 4-year-olds are now back as interns or instructors for the summer art camp.”
Zellmer said the children get hooked on the art camp and return each summer. They tell their friends, who tell their friends, the word spreads, and the classes grow. Summer camps at HMA fill quickly, In fact, some are filled. However, the Museum keeps a waiting list in case there are cancellations.
Sessions appeal to all levels and interests in the more than 30 classes offered to three different age groups: ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-15.
For example, imagine going to a summer camp session that explores Hickory Museum of Art. In Museum Sleuth, campers begin each day deciphering clues that will lead them on a search through the Museum for a specific piece of artwork. The art project for the day will then be designed around what the students uncover.
The possibilities range from wacky folk art, unusual faces, 3-D art, clay and more.
Camp runs Monday through Friday. Morning camp is 10 a.m until noon, and afternoon camp is 1-3 p.m. Food and Fun is a supervised lunch and recreation that is available from noon until 1 p.m. for an additional $10 per week. Campers bring their own brown-bag lunch to enjoy as a group. Space is limited. Want to go?
For more information and a complete description of classes, visit www.hickorymuseumofart.org, or call (828) 327-8576.