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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Carnegie Art Camp kicks off

  •      Budding artists across Dodge City have a chance to hone their talents and practice their skills over the next two weeks. The Carnegie Center for the Arts kicked off their annual art camp on Tuesday.


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  •      Budding artists across Dodge City have a chance to hone their talents and practice their skills over the next two weeks. The Carnegie Center for the Arts kicked off their annual art camp on Tuesday.
         "This is a program that we do every year," said Summer Bates, executive director of Carnegie. "I've only been doing it for the past two years, but I think the program has been going on for over twenty years now."
         Since Bates began running the camp she has made some changes to it. Instead of having the kids just make different arts and crafts projects, now they will learn about different elements of art and why they are important.
         On Tuesday, the kids learned about lines. How different types of lines can create different moods and feelings, and different ways to use lines in their art.
         "We try to make each session age appropriate," said Bates, "so, in the six to eight year-old class they will be doing different exercises than the eleven to fourteen year-old class will."
         Other elements of art the kids will learn about during the camp include; shape, form, space, color, value and texture. The kids will also have the opportunity to work with clay and paints.
         At the end of the two weeks Brenda Bridle, who is teaching the camp, will create an "Elements of Art" book, which will contain sheets that the children fill out about what they learned each day, and some of the art they created during the camp.
         Bridle is an art major at Dodge City Community College, she was excited about the opportunity to teach the class because it was something that was "out of the box" for her.
         "I like to have students from the college teach this camp," said Bates, "it's a great experience for them, and a chance for them to do something different."
         Carnegie offers art classes for ages six to 14 divided into three sessions. Six to eight year-olds meet from 9 to 10:15 a.m., nine and 10 year-olds meet from 10:30 to noon, and 11 to 14 year-olds meet from 1 to 3 p.m. The oldest age group still has space available, so if you would like to sign up contact Bates at (620) 225-6388 or just stop in at Carnegie, located at 701 N. Second Avenue. One session costs $40 but if you sign up for both it's only $75, and they offer scholarships if you qualify.
         "I'm really excited to see what the rest of the camp offers," said Bates, "it's only the first day, but already the kids are so excited and are having so much fun."
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com
     
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