GETTYSBURG — On Friday evening, 70 Darke County students, grades 3-12, will showcase their art at the Arts Week 2017 Art Show.
The camp took place this week at Gettysburg Cardinal Center. All materials, teachers, t-shirts and lunch were provided through grants and donations. The camp staff: Art Camp Coordinator and Greenville Middle School Art Teacher Julie Brewer, Arcanum-Butler Elementary Art Teacher Heather Wackler and Mississinawa Valley High School Art Teacher Ashley Austerman, guided students through some new projects.
“For art teachers throughout the school year, and specifically now at the camp, I think our hope is to promote the love for the arts and to look at the world with an open perspective,” Brewer said, “And as they pursue the arts, we hope they are finding people who support them in those adventures.”
Brewer has been teaching art for five years.
“I love that there is no right answer in art,” she said. “In so many other situations there has to be a right answer: 2+ 2 is always going to equal four. Art encourages problem-solving, critical thinking and the students get to look at things in a way they wouldn’t otherwise.”
On Thursday, the elementary students were working on collages. The theme of the collage was a vivid memory. Students were free to re-create that memory through their own design, using some new techniques they learned at the camp.
“Maybe you can use some fun crazy colors,” Brewer suggested. “Some of the kids are using flexible jelly plates to make different textures, some are painting and gluing down cut-outs, some are drawing. The idea is presenting them with different techniques and processes they may not otherwise experience. Some of it is just exposure. The camp gives gives them creative options to achieve the look they are each going for-they are not all the same person- and to let them know there are options.”
Elementary school students Anthony Bussey of New Madison, Jackson Crist of Bradford and Avery Leeper of Arcanum said they enjoyed learning the collage process. Leeper was gluing down different cut-out images of an exciting memory to create a series of events. Crist was re-creating a family experience.
“One time I was out in the woods, with my family, and we were taking branches and stuff and making houses against trees,” he said.
This is the third summer the camp has been offered. According to Brewer, attendance has really grown, which tells her people are excited, she said. In 2015, there were 27 middle school students, with Weaver as the only teacher, teaching two hours per day. Last year 60 kids attended with an all-day format and this year there are 70 students, with some on the waiting list.
“It would be great to have a few more teachers and offer it to additional students – it all depends on the grant money (grants and donations were about $4,500),” Brewer said. “It is a unique opportunity in the county for kids to explore art in ways they don’t necessarily do in the classroom, and to meet other kids in the county. They are immersed with other kids who really love art. It is a pretty exciting opportunity.”
The sponsors of Arts Week 2017 include: Gettysburg Youth Fund, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Greenville Rotary Club, Greenville National Bank, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Inc., Keller’s Grain and Feed, Menke Enterprises, Denlinger Enterprises, Dick Lavy Trucking, Francis Furniture, Second National Bank, B & D Pizza, Matt and Andrea Jordan, Larry and Doris Aultman and The Basics Printing.
Friday’s Art Show is 6-8 p.m., at the Gettysburg Cardinal Center, 260 E. Main Street, Gettysburg, Ohio, 45328. The public is welcome to attend.
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