Arts council to host two summer camps

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

May 23, 2014

YADKINVILLE — Area youth will have two exciting opportunities to get hands-on art experience this summer at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. For those who are interested in performing on stage, the Yadkin Arts Council will be hosting a summer drama camp June 16-20. In a program called The Living Storybook, participants ages 6 to 18 will have the opportunity to play with puppets, act out stories and enjoy theatre games and exercises, said instructor Peter Holland.

“We’ll use scripted and unscripted material to put together a recital performance that will give every student a chance to shine,” he said. “We’ll sing, dance and pretend to be animals, pirates, princesses, heroes and villains.”

Peter and his wife Christina are the directors of Once Upon a Blue Ridge and are very excited to be bringing The Living Storybook Drama Camp to the Yadkin Arts Council.

“The Living Storybook is all about inspiring young people with the joy of reading and performing,” Holland said. “We hope to help spread the word in Yadkin that the arts are for everyone and that the whole purpose of art is to make the world a better place, starting with ourselves.”

The program is $50 per student and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16-20 with a recital performance at 7 p.m. on June 20. For more information or to register, visit www.yadkinarts.org/explore/drama-camp/.

For those ready to dip in their paint brushes and sharpen their colored pencils, art teacher Leslie Rachel will be hosting a summer art camp at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center July 14-18.

“This year’s art camp is going to be a wonderful way for the children of our community to not only have fun and try new things, but it is also going to be a fantastic educational experience,” Rachel said.

The art camp will be broken down into two age groups. Children ages 6 to 8 will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. and will work on projects such as a pattern landscape using oil, pastels and watercolors, a fish bean mosaic, model magic birds and more. Artists ages 9 to 13 will gather from 1 to 4 p.m. and will use colored pencils to create Wayne Thiebaud Cupcakes, plaster wrap to create monster heads and more.

“We all know that the ‘summertime bug’ can drain our youth of their critical and creative thinking skills,” Rachel said. “That is why this art camp is geared toward jump-starting their brains back into action. Participants will learn something new every day and leave at the end of the camp with a sense of pride surrounding that which they created. I am very excited to see all that the children of Yadkin County can make and even more excited to see each of them develop a love and appreciation for the various methods of creating art.”

The cost for children ages 6 to 8 is $40 and $50 for those ages 9 to 13. The registration fee includes all supplies and a juice and snack for the six to eight age group. For more information or to register, visit www.yadkinarts.org/art-camp/.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.