A camp for the imagination
GREENFIELD – The art studio on the lower level of the Patricia Elmore Center gave the impression of a party about to take place. Dozens of paintbrushes, sorted by size, in a rack just inside the door; gallons of paint, sorted by color, on a shelf; cabinet doors that opened to reveal all the craft supplies you could imagine: thread, glue, colored pencils, beads, buttons, scissors, construction paper and, of course, googly eyes.
In truth, it’s a party about to take place – a party called Art Camp.
When Rachel Holmes officially closed her beloved Indie art studio in August of last year, it was like the end of the world. The studio had been closed since March due to COVID-19, and without income it was impossible to keep the doors open.
“I hated shutting down,” Holmes said. “It was my baby.”
Business had been good: birthdays every weekend and classes were filling up.
“I had all these plans for future classes that made it so difficult,” Holmes said.
Well the world is spinning. And when one door closes, another eventually opens.
Holmes, now part of Greenfield’s Parks & amp; Recreation staff will host four weeks of the arts camp starting June 14. The camps are divided into morning and afternoon sessions: morning from 9 am to 11 am for 6 to 8 year olds; afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 9 to 12 year olds.
Each four-day weekly session will have a different theme.
Campers at Nature & amp; Art (June 14-17) will spend time outdoors creating works of art while learning about the elements of art: line, shape, texture, shape, space, color and value.
Games & amp; Toys (June 21-24) will focus on popular toys and activities and the artistic elements they contain, including Minecraft, LOL dolls, stuffed animals and slime. Campers will use their favorite toys as inspiration to design their own toys and board games.
During castles, kings & amp; Queens (July 12-15), campers will take simple, wooden dollhouses and decorate them to create miniature worlds with characters living in them.
Living the Dream, which will focus on the artist’s life (July 19-21). Campers will learn about contemporary artists who are living their own dreams every day creating unique and meaningful art.
Currently, Holmes is at his eye level in the plans. As with the art material throughout the room, everything is organized by session, age group and theme down to the minute. For example:
Tuesday June 15, 9:35 am – nest boxes – explain, show examples of thatched roofs; 9.40 a.m. – nesting boxes – outside, collect the grass for the thatch.
Wednesday June 16, 9:50 am – impressions of the sun – outside, pick up objects from nature, go to the Shade to store the objects on board, then set off in the sun.
Monday June 21, 9:25 am – Lego impression; 10:35 am – personalized tic-tac-toe, design boards.
It is clear that Holmes is in his element. She appreciates the freedom to develop her own ideas and curricula, she said. And barely will Art Camp 2021 be on the books, Holmes will be running weekly art classes for kids and adults, open workshops and art camps during the fall break. Holmes hopes he can add activities for teens and tweens as well.
The camp for 6 to 8 year olds costs $ 90 per session and $ 110 for 9 to 12 year olds. Visit parcs.greenfieldin.org or call 317-477-4340 to register or for more information.