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Unleash creativity at art camp

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By Kirsten Laskey

Creativity continuously flows in to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge with each exhibit. To ensure the artistry never stops, the Art Center is hosting registration for summer art camp.The next generation of artists can enroll in weekly classes. They can choose from half day, which run from 9 a.m.-noon or full day classes, which are held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  “You can spend a whole day (or) a whole week doing art,” said John Werenko, executive director of the Art Center. Classes feature a variety of art forms from tie-dye to paper maché masks. Additionally, students can learn about architectural styles, animal anatomy and fossils. Registration began March 24 and is on-going; students can register through July 19.The classes are open to children who are in first through sixth grade. Werenko said the art camp has operated before he first started working at the center four years ago. Last year, he said, they had their highest enrollment to date, 400 students. Werenko credited extending the age range to kindergartners to the hike in admission. As a result, he expects this year to be somewhat smaller, about 350. The maximum number in a class will be 15, he said. Although the summer camp is primarily for children, teens and college students can participate too by working as interns.As interns, the young adults oversee lunch breaks, snack times, supplies and materials, and basically help out the teachers, Werenko said. Looking at the participants and interns, it is clear the program has been a successful. Several interns were originally students and teachers have seen their students continue their art education at school. “So that speaks well of the program,” Werenko said. He added, “We actually had a few students in the camp go to college and major in art.” Plus, “I’ve had absolutely no complaints about the program (since he started).”  Aspiring artists are drawn to the camp, Werenko explained, because it’s opportunity for young people to hang out with their friends and make new ones. “It’s just a great, fun time,” he said. The Art Center offers the art camp primarily because it allows the center to fulfill its obligation to the community. Werenko said it is stated in the center’s contract to provide cultural education. The Art Center is obligated to fulfill this requirement not just on a legal level, he said, but also on a moral level. There are no strict guidelines regarding what forms this education should appear in, Werenko said. In fact, 95 percent of the time, he said, the center can adhere to what teachers want to teach. “It’s a lot of work to organize and a lot of management … but it’s really worth it,” he said. The cost for the half-day program is $100 or $95 for Art Center members. Full-day program is $180 or $170 for Art Center members. For more information, call the Art Center at 662-9331.