Art camp lets kids show creative side

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The summer months offer many opportunities for children and teens to participate in a variety of camps.

For children from five to 10 years old, the Weatherford Art Association is providing week-long art camps throughout the summer until the second week of August.

Kathy Cunning, a part of the association, said they especially wanted to do camps for the younger age children since schools don’t always offer art courses for their grades.

“It’s worked out really well so far,” Cunning said.

Each week, 10 children do crafts, paint or take part in other forms of art under the direction of volunteer teachers from the area.

Cunning said the camp has been so popular that they have had to turn some away until future weeks.

“We have a waiting list for every week,” Cunning said.

Each week, Cunning said they try to give other children a turn although they have occasional repeats from previous weeks.

They also try to keep the projects different each week while interesting enough to keep some of the younger children interested during the 9 a.m. - noon camp.

Cunning said the classes are instructional but also fun for the children, with breaks for snacks donated by the community. The art supplies also were donated.

Cunning said she hopes that the classes get the children interested in art. She encouraged them to enter their projects into the art competitions during the upcoming peach festival.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Cunning said.

Each week of camp occurs every Monday-Thursday and Friday mornings for $10 at the firehouse leased by the art association.

Cunning said they hope to expand the camps next year so more children can participate each week, but she said she worried that they would not be at the same venue since the city might need to make use of the firehouse.

If they are not allowed to continue leasing the firehouse, Cunning said they hope to be allowed to use another city building not currently being used or another organization’s building.

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