New themes at MJMAG art camps, studio classes

Nathan Liewicki
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Summer programs aim to open up children's creative genes

Since 2000, the Moose Jaw Art and Museum Gallery (MJMAG) has hosted art camps and studio art classes for kids.

James Wong checks out some pieces by local artists at Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery on Dec. 10, 2011, during the Moose Jaw Art Guild "Artist-to-Artist" afternoon.

Those classes will have a slightly different thematic twist this summer, including a couple of new classes, Jaicee Draper told the Times-Herald Tuesday.

“New this year is Food in Art and using Words in Art,” said Draper, the MJMAG summer culture program co-ordinator. “We will also have one on Great Britain, featuring castles, royalty and dragons.”

The art camps are designed for kids age three to 12, while the studio art classes are for teenagers looking to try something artistically new and challenging.

Birds of the world and animals of the world will be two of the themes the art camps focus artistic creation around.

“The kids spend either the morning or the afternoon working on projects – depending on the theme of the week,” said Draper. “We have snack time and games to keep their interest high throughout the day, and at the end of the week they have five to seven projects to take home.”

According to Draper, there are four art camps for three- to five-year-olds, five camps for six- to eight-year olds and four camps for nine- to 12-year-olds.

Throughout the summer there are also two art studio classes for teenagers each week.

The cost to attend an art camp varies from $75-$80 – depending on the age of the child – while the art sessions cost $100 or $125. Each class has room for a maximum of 15 participants.

Several grants and support from community organizations are available as funding and sponsorship options for children from financially disadvantaged families.

“These programs serve to help kids as far as fine motor skills, creativity and just to help them get a broader understanding, culture and history of what art is and how art benefits them personally and in the community,” said Draper.

“I love that I get to work with kids, help them realize their potential, have some fun and open up their creativity.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

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