Space is limited for a trio of summer art camps, part of a program with the Brownwood Art Association.
Each class is limited to 10 students with class taking place at the Art Center on Fisk Avenue June 26 to 28, July 24 to 26 and August 14 to 16.
“We’re going to do some print making, painting, clay, we do a little bit of everything,” Camp Instructor Claudette West said. “We have crayons, pastels, acrylic, I try to very it each time and make it a little different each camp. They always want to paint, but we draw some too,” West said. “… I think it will be fun. I try to do something different each of the nine days. Some children come in for all three (camps).”
West enters her third year teaching the camp, something she took up after retiring from teaching art in Austin. She said she has a lesson plan for each class, but has a more free form approach at the end of each course by letting her students decide what they want to create. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. she will teach children ages 4 to 6, children 7 to 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and children 10 to 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Although each class is limited to 10 students, she said she is willing to add a few more.
“If I get more than 10, I can do more than 10 for the last too groups, but for the little ones, 10 is a lot … I have a degree in art and I taught public school art for several years. I enjoy children. Some of them are a little harder to handle than others, but they’re not there for very long so it works out really well. Most of the time, I do a planned activity with them and at the end of the class they get to choose what they want to do.”
The classes are $25 for all three or $10 per class. Advanced signups for all three sessions are available. Those who sign up late may still have an opportunity to get into a class, even if near the 10-student threshold.
“Sometimes I mix kids in the last two classes,” West said. “If I have siblings that is almost old enough for the last class, then I might put them in there. I don’t like to put the little ones to the big ones because they cannot do as much and they get frustrated … I usually fill it up, but occasionally I can slip in one or two. I usually have between eight and 10 each class.”
West said she works with the Brownwood Arts Association throughout the year, teaching a variety of subjects. One addition to this year’s classes is an adult drawing class, which is slated for after the final kids class.
“It’s great. I enjoy it. I’m a member and I teach during the year too,” West said. “I usually have several children during the year and I have adult classes too. We just finished a workshop on watercolors for adults and this summer, the same days, I’m going to have the same three days in June, July and August and there will be an adult drawing class, the human form. It will be right after the last class, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. I know it will be a long day, but I have a lot of vacation planned.”
For more information regarding the kids or adult art classes, contact West at (512) 940-1713.