Send Your Kid to Art Camp

Jul 18, 2013

This week my nieces Madelyn and Bellie are attending “Art Camp”, at the Beaumont Art League. Each day is split into two sessions, Paper Mache and Drawing. Madelyn has always loved to color and paint and Bellie has loved drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. I guess you can say my family is certainly of the artistic side. Really we are, if we had to walk into a calculus or physics class we would all look at each other and the professor with the blankest set of eyes he/she has ever seen. But if you are talking painting, carving, crocheting, sewing, papercrafts,mixed media, assemblage, cross stitch, pastel drawing, sketching and so on… we could instruct our own college courses about any of these. This we know well.

Mom can draw anything and paints (watercolor, acrylic & oil) gorgeous landscapes and lighthouses with stunning waves crashing onto surrounding rocks. Dad is a woodcarver, which totally amazes me. Because he cannot draw a 3 circled cat to save his life but he can carve some of the most amazing realistic 3D carvings I’ve seen. They range from waterfowl and wildlife to dolphins, humpback whales, people, abstract art and more. Mom and dad are a fabulous artsy duo as he carves items and she paints them for him.

Okay, so back to sending your kids to art camp. Yesterday, my sister sent me photos of the drawings Madelyn and Bellie drew in art camp and I was just blown away. I’m so proud of what they are drawing. I mean seriously, how awesome are these drawings? These girls are only 10 and 6 years old. We always knew they were artsy but I don’t think any of us had a clue as to the talent that was hidden inside these two little bodies. I can promise you there is no way I could ever do what they have done.

Madelyn's Drawing

I’m so impressed with the vase, highlighting and dimension Madelyn created from charcoal. Mind you both girls, mostly Bellie are covered in charcoal dust by the time the day is over but I would say that is a small price to pay when they are learning and creating.

Bellie's Art

Bellie’s drawing really shocked me. This kid is always drawing animals and people but she has never drawn this kind of a face. I’m so impressed with how proportionally correct she got the facial features. I can promise you I could NEVER ever do this now and certainly not when I was six. I have a great aunt that did a pastel drawing of me from a baby photo that I cherish and now I want to get some pastels in Bellie’s hands to see what she can do. If Bellie can draw this using charcoal I’m thinking she might be able to do it with pastels.

So if you have a chance to send your kids to art camp do it, with a little guidance and instruction you never know what hidden talents are waiting to be discovered.

I’m one super proud auntie!


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