Tahlequah Daily Press

July 16, 2013

Local youth learn art from all angles

By SEAN ROWLEY
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Some area youngsters are expressing their creativity and getting their mitts and aprons splashed with color this week during a hands-on art camp at Northeastern State University.

Eighteen campers are participating in this week’s “A Mixture of Art Techniques,” which runs through Friday. Instructor is high school art teacher Kelie Myers of Tahlequah, assisted by Katie Ward.

“I had never taken a camp like this before,” said Sierra Carter, 14, who will attend Sequoyah High School this fall. “I think my favorite thing about art is being able to say you made something and that you were the first person to make it. All the kids seem to be having a lot of fun.”

Myers said the camp curriculum includes instruction in a multitude of mediums.

“Because it is a basic camp, we want to cover a lot,” she said. “We covered watercolor and a lot of watercolor techniques [Monday] morning. We also did a little bit in oil pastels, basic printmaking and we are doing chalk art at Norris Park. We want to do just a little bit of everything.”

The campers will also create some works of acrylic painting, tie-dye and sculpture.

“The sculpture is a type a call yuyu dolls,” Myers said. “It is a project where they create a wire frame and cover it in yarn. The sculptures represent the campers, and they seem to have a lot of fun with it.”

With so many art styles included in the camp, a lot of materials are required. Almost all materials are provided by NSU Continuing Education.

“But, of course, I brought a little of my own,” Myers said, smiling. “When you are an art teacherm you end up with a little bit of an arsenal of supplies.”

Enrollment per student was $150 and the camp meets in NSU’s Fine Arts Annex. Those attending are ages 8-14, and some reside outside Cherokee County.

Nyah Sanders, 11, is a student at Hilldale who makes the daily trips from Muskogee to the NSU campus.

 

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