Kids Explore Fine Arts during BC Camp (2013)
When local secondary school systems aren’t able to fund the fine arts, Bluefield College steps in with its Fine Arts Community School (FACS). When students can’t fit music, art or theatre into their already full schedule of courses, BC’s FACS Summer Fine Arts Camp provides the means.

Kids Explore Fine Arts during BC Camp (2013)

By Chris Shoemaker | July 11, 2013 | RSS

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Local four-year-old Natalie Waller proudly displays the caterpillar she made in the art class during Bluefield College’s Summer Fine Arts Camp.
Local three-year-old Addison Sheppard attaches antennae to her caterpillar creation during the art segment of the Fine Arts Camp.

Local toddler Khristian Addair takes his turn playing the triangle during a music class in BC's Summer Fine Arts Camp.


Local kindergarteners patiently wait their chance to play musical instruments during Bluefield College’s Summer Fine Arts Camp.


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For the sixth year in a row, Bluefield College hosted its Summer Fine Arts Camp, July 8-12, for local kids, ages four to 13. Part of the college’s overall summer camps and classes offered through its Fine Arts Community School, 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.


“This is a good program, because students don’t get a lot of fine arts in school,” said FACS art teacher Loucinda Copley, a pre-school teacher in Raleigh County, West Virginia. “The kids get to get messy and have fun, while gaining a greater appreciation for art, music and theatre at a young age.”


In a pre-school art class with Copley, the Fine Arts Campers read children’s books by Eric Carle about bugs and animals. They used the stories to create artistic representations of caterpillars, butterflies, chameleons and clouds.


“I’m learning a lot about caterpillars and butterflies,” said three-year-old participant Addison Sheppard. “I made a caterpillar, a funny one.”


During the art sessions, the kids took part in painting, drawing, coloring and creating, while also listening to music about the characteristics of the creations they were making.


“I like the painting,” said four-year-old camper Meryem Ozyavas. “It gets on my fingers.”


In addition to the art instruction from 9 a.m. to noon each day, the toddlers took part in music activities with FACS teacher Jeri Lynn Anderson during the same time. With Anderson, the kids blew bubbles and listened to music about bubbles and waves. They played with beach balls while singing songs about the beach. And, they learned songs about being happy.


“We teach them how to play musical instruments and sing songs, and we use puppets to reinforce good behavior,” said Anderson about the musical component of the Fine Arts Camp. “We also teach them poems, numbers and letters. They have gobs of fun and dance a lot, too.”

Among the songs the children sang and danced to, “The Crazy Dance,” “The Robot Dance,” and “The Choo Choo.” The instruments they played and learned about: the triangle, tambourine, blocks, drumsticks and bongo drums.


“I like the ‘Crazy Dance,’” said six-year-old camper Elias Stout. When asked why, he emphatically responded, “because you get to act crazy.”


Older children in the Fine Arts Camp 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 Bluefield College for kids in the community. Final offerings this summer include a Basic Printmaking Class, Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Math and Science Camp, Monday through Friday, July 29 through August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.


For more information, including family discounts, payment plans and registration fees, contact FACS Director Kristy Stout by phone at 800-872-0175 (x4246) or 276-326-4246 or by email at Or, visit the Bluefield College web site at




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