The Coldspring Area Art League (CAAL) hosted its Creative Kids Art Camp on July 16, giving local children the chance to expand their creative abilities with arts and crafts under the guidance of the members of the league.
The Creative Kids Art Camp, held this year at the Coldspring Community Center, allows children to learn different forms of art and express their own creativity in the various mediums.
The league initially named it the Kids Art/Craft Camp, but changed the name in honor of member Mary Nicklow, who suggested the name change before her passing.
“Mary Nicklow was our leader of this [the Kids Art Camp],” said CAAL President Linda Deeter. “She suggested we rename it last year.”
Every artist brings with them a different form of artistic ability, such as Sherri Westfall who taught freehand acrylics.
“They’re just kind of using their imaginations and she’s guiding them,” said Deeter.
Westfall describes the art form as creating your own lines as opposed to having them provided for you to paint in.
“There’s no real solid line work in it,” said Westfall.
Others, like Julie Meeks, introduced children to crafting with wood and sculpting with clay while John Davis introduced some children to photography.
Some artists also taught acrylic painting within lines, such as Lou Turpin.
“Her style is more abstract, but she is encouraging kids to paint their own thing,” said Deeter.
Gerry Jump encouraged her students to go outside of the box, having them paint their own puzzle pieces, along with making crafts and using colored pencils.
Deeter says the children have truly taken a liking to the Creative Kids Art Camp.
“These kids absolutely love this,” she said. “They can come in, look around and choose what they want to do or what they want to learn.”
In the end, Deeter hopes that CAAL can promote diversity among artists and their work as they teach children the different varieties available for them to express their creations.