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BC Camp Offers Fine Arts for Kids

Music, art and theatre are the topics of interest on the campus of Bluefield College this summer, but not for the typical college student. Kids, ages four to 13, were exploring the subjects during BC’s summer Fine Arts Camp, July 9-13.

Chris Shoemaker

July 10, 2012

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Six-year-old Jayla Morgan of Bluefield, Virginia, enjoys an art activity during Bluefield College’s summer Fine Arts Camp for local kids ages 4-13.

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Five-year-old Jacob Toney of Bluefield, Virginia, and other local preschoolers work on an art project during BC's summer Fine Arts Camp. BC will host its final summer Fine Arts Camp, an Adventure Biology Camp, July 16-20.
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Part of the college’s summer camps and classes offered through its Fine Arts Community School (FACS), the weeklong Fine Arts Camp, like all FACS events, is designed to give local youth the opportunity to explore and study the arts with guidance from mentors who have appropriate training and experience.

 

“Parents don’t have the extra time, and public schools don’t have the time or resources; so there’s very little outlet for the arts,” said Sharon Altice, an art instructor for the Fine Arts Camp. “We can fill that void.”

 

And fill she did with art instruction and activities from 9 a.m. to noon each day with preschoolers. Teacher Jeri Lynn Anderson provided music lessons for the toddlers during that same time. Instructors Mindy Blume, Cynthia Tilley, and Jennifer Bohannan offered art, music and theatre training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with the older children.

 

“Students don’t get to work with their hands and be creative very often, and that’s important to do,” said Altice about the benefits of the BC Fine Arts Camp. “And, it’s good for social development. You see a lot of sharing and caring here, and that’s wonderful for them.”

 

During the art sessions, the preschoolers practiced the art of painting, drawing and paper mache, all the while reading and learning about the characteristics of the creations they were making.

 

“We made turtles and bald eagles,” said Jayla Morgan, a six-year-old camper from Bluefield, Virginia. “I love art. I used to be an artist when I was two.”

 

Motivated by the theme of “Life in the Water,” the preschoolers also made lobsters, clams, see urchins, starfish, a fish globe, and a rainbow fish.

 

“We made things that live on the beaches,” said Mandy Blevins, a six-year-old camper from Bluefield, Virginia. “The turtles were my favorite.”

 

“I enjoyed the art,” added six-year-old Landon Hicks of Bluefield, Virginia. “I like making stuff. I liked the music, too, especially the ‘Crazy Dance.’”

 

The “Crazy Dance,” “The Robot Dance,” and “The Choo Choo” were just a few of the dances the children learned during the music portion of the day.

 

“I enjoyed the music,” said six-year-old Dylan Nash of Bluefield, Virginia. “I really liked playing the instruments.”

 

Instruments like the triangle, tambourine, blocks, drumsticks and bongo drums they not only played, but learned all about. They also sang and learned life lessons through the magic of music.

 

“I liked the singing,” said Emily Coburn, a six-year-old camper from Pocahontas, Virginia. “We got to play instruments and have lots of fun.”

 

The older children explored and learned similar lessons. During the morning sessions, they studied music. In the afternoons, art and theatre. They ended the week with a fine arts program for parents to show off all they had learned and created.

 

The weeklong Fine Arts Camp is just one of several summer fine arts adventures scheduled by the college for kids in the community. The final offering this summer will be an Adventure Biology Camp, July 16-20. For more information, including family discounts, payment plans and registration fees, contact the FACS office by phone at 800-872-0175 (x4246) or 276-326-4246, or visit the summer camps web page.

 

 

 

 

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