For the first time, summer art camp projects will be showcased at a local arts center.
Student artwork from this year’s summer art camps will be on display Monday through Aug. 20 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
Students from the June, July and August camps will be showcasing the art they completed during their stays, said Rose Mary Hagadus, arts center executive director.
“The teachers had each student select the one work they wanted to put in the show,” Hagadus said.
“Every child can have a piece. Some are 2-D and some are 3-D.”
With three days of camp finishing up this week, Hagadus has already been getting some of the artwork in place, but parents can bring in their child’s chosen work from earlier camps.
An opening reception for parents and other interested parties is planned for Monday.
The age range of the young artists is 3-12, and subjects will range from pottery and sculptures to artwork involving “The Lorax,” “Madagascar III” and pirates.
“Because we had five weeks of classes, this was hard to pull together,” Hagadus said. “We had an opening in the exhibit schedule in August.
“The children will be thrilled to see their work.”
The idea of the summer art camp exhibit was suggested by Lida Hood, education coordinator for the arts center.
Hood taught classes for students ages 6-7 and older and one for those ages 8 and older.
For her acrylic mixed-media class for the younger students, Hood taught a Kids on Canvas class involving all types of canvas as a base.
“We even had 3-D critters they could stuff and paint,” Hood said.
“Two girls did portraits of themselves, and another girl did Puss from ‘Puss ‘n’ Boots.’
“The critters are about 6-7 inches tall.”
For another session, students used cardboard for a relief effect.
“They would draw a subject and add cardboard to build up one place for a 3-D look, then they painted the whole thing,” Hood said.
Students also could pour on acrylic for an abstract look.
This project began with drawing objects on paper with a design, then cutting out the items, layering them with tissue paper on stretch canvas and pouring acrylic paint over all.
For her printmaking class for those ages 8 and older, Hood had the campers explore techniques she uses in her own art.
“They had a plexiglass sheet and brushed on dishwashing liquid, then painted it with watercolors,” Hood said.
“They could then pull off a print.
“It was interesting to see what they produced.”
Hood’s students also let Knox gelatin harden so they could roll printmaking ink on it, then laid on items such as ferns and flowers to make negative and positive prints.
What: Student artwork from summer art camps
Where: Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont
When: Monday through Aug. 20