The Arts, Hancock County breaks in their brand new headquarters as the venue for four different art camps for local youth. We have details, dates and links to register!
- by Emma Connolly
The Arts, Hancock County recently announced their first-ever Youth Arts Camp. Four different sessions are scheduled in June and July for children ages 8 through 12 years, and all will take place on the grounds of the new Hancock Arts Center at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis.
Earlier this year, The Arts board members Joan Coleman and Bernie Cullen broached the idea of holding art workshops in the newly acquired building.
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One of The Arts founding artists, Gwen Impson, was asked to help establish criteria for workshops for both adults and children. Surveys were distributed to The Arts members and the general public to determine how the community wants to utilize the new arts building, as well as the types of classes desired.
The survey revealed a need for more youth programs in the 8-12 year old range. Within two months plans came together, and with the help of many volunteers, the Hancock Arts Youth Summer Camp was organized. The first session begins on June 7.
John Anderson, Hancock Arts board president, said, “We are excited to begin public programming in our new facility with our summer youth camp. These first programs will set the standard for all new programs at The Arts headquarters.
“There is no better way to build energy and excitement for the arts than through the imaginations and creativity of a diverse group of children, guided by a group of experienced and engaged teachers!”
Hancock Arts Youth Summer Camp will allow young people to explore a broad range of artistic experiences and focus on what they are passionate about. Noted local artists with respected regional reputations will serve as their teachers. Many are donating their teaching fees back to The Arts to help provide scholarships.
The sessions cost $195 per child. Advance registration is required, and limited space is available. Parents may register children for one session or more; a few scholarships are available. To register, visit www.hancockarts.org/camp, or for more information call The Arts office at 228-342-4521.
2021 Hancock Arts Youth Summer Camp
June 7 - June 11: Fiber and Textile Arts
Instructors: Vicki Niolet, Kerr Grabowski, James Inabinet, Anne Neeb and Donna Erlach
- In this session, students will explore a variety of projects and crafts related to the fiber arts. Specific projects TBD but may include fabric design, sewing, knitting, macramé, felting, or screen printing.
June 21-29: Visual Arts – Intro to Painting and Drawing
Instructors: Margaret Inabinet, Rosie Dumoulin, Holly Coia
- In this session, students will explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques. Specific drawing and painting disciplines may include acrylics, sketching, watercolor, or charcoal.
July 5-13: Bay Off-Broadway Theater Arts
Instructors: Connie Voight and Cheryl Grace
- In this session, students will explore a variety of theater arts. Specific disciplines may include creative writing, puppet-making, voice projection, costuming, set design, and prop construction. The theater camp session is in collaboration with the Bay St. Louis Little Theater, with a final camp performance on the theater stage.
July 19-27: STEAM Arts
Instructors: Holly Coia, Christian Stephenson, Erica Larkin Gaudet, James Inabinet and Elizabeth Englebretson
- In this session, students will explore a how art is related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Specific relationships may include fiber optics, biology, chemistry, pottery, fractals, etc., through thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigation and creative skills.