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Summer Art Camp a Huge Success in 2016

The 2016 Monson Summer Art Camp was a two week whirlwind of fun! Held at the end of July at Quarry Hill Community School, kids came for one week or two and made many pieces of art. In the first week there was also Young at Art Camp, for ages 5-7. The camp is put on by Monson Parks and Rec with support from the Monson Arts Council. Andrea Newland returned as the Art Director of the camp.

In the first week students explored poetry with a mixed media art piece with teacher Denise Fontaine-Pincince. After writing, “I Remember…” poems students used a variety of materials to express a line in their poem. Aime Liggett from Jumping Clay USA studio in Enfield, CT, joined camp both weeks to teach polymer clay sculptures of peacocks and Loch Ness monsters. Judith Hass of Monson taught students watercolors and assisted Ginny Hall in teaching basket making.

Armand Koher of Uprooted Woodcraft taught construction of wooden puzzle people and mason jar gum ball machines. We would like to thank Great Brook Lumber Company of Southwick, MA, for donating wood and Woodcraft for a discount on some beautiful purple heart the kids used on their gumball machines.

Faith Ward of Artshealinghearts Photography did a fantastic job of working with the kids to create poetry inspired videos and group music videos. Heidi Irwin of Heidi Ho Jewelry impressed the kids with galaxy rings and lessons on cartoon animals. Kim Welch, Monson native and art therapist at Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies showed students how to create wind chimes and book binding. Hannah Hall, owner of Next Step Performing Arts in Barre, MA, taught the groups some fantastic dance routines and theater improve games. Ricardo Frota of Ecology of Sound joined us in week two to teach the kids about percussion in music and they all made shaker instruments. Vanessa LaCroix helped all the teachers and led kids in sewing felt creatures. Our teen councilors Gabby Roncarati and Taylor Strum were top notch helpers.

The first week camp took a field trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford, CT where groups toured the various collections and sketched from their favorite pieces. In week two campers attended the Smith College Art Museum where college student docents led them in an interactive response activity to the current exhibit The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the collection as well as taking in the museums many galleries.

Each week we had an art show on Friday for friends and family to come view all the kids' hard work. Students performed dance routines they had learned, presented their video art thanks to Faith, and played a musical piece with Ricardo Frota. Students received a camp t-shirt that were redesigned this year by Alyssa Milne and generously donated by Mantis Graphics of Easthampton, MA.

If you are interested in attending Art Camp or any of the other fabulous camps put on by Monson Park and Rec feel free to email for information. Camp is held the last two weeks of July and updated flyers will be available next year in May.

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