Creativity Thrives During Summer Art Camp

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 06/10 2014 01:23PM

Updated 06/11 2014 11:33AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Even though art isn't for everyone, kids at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art Summer Art Camp are giving it a try.

"There's people that think, 'oh I can't do art, art's silly, it's frivolous, it's whatever.'  But it opens up a whole other world.  Even people that don't do art enjoy looking at it and have it in their homes," said art instructor Tammy Blakely.

At the start of camp Tuesday, the room was quiet but that quickly changed.

"Whenever they started into it and got more into it they started to make more friends as you can tell," said art instructor Melissa Brown.

Two of the instructors were inspired by others to tap into their own artistic abilities and they aim to do the same thing for the kids at camp.

"When I was younger, I had an art teacher that would actually help me out as much as possible.  So I feel like the more people that come to the art camp and interact with each other like that, I just feel like their art skills are going to be a lot better," said Brown.

By doing something as simple as picking up a pencil, kids are discovering just how powerful that tool can be.

"Sometimes we have gifts that we don't know until we try and broaden our horizons," said Blakely.

Drawing and painting are among the main activities at the camp but kids are also learning skills to help them outside of the classroom.

"I feel like this is definitely gonna help construct more kids to be more creative with not even just art, with their lives," said Brown.

The summer art camp is for kids ages 6 to 10 and will run until Friday.  Although registration is closed, the museum offers other classes and activities for the public.

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