RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherford County Visual Arts Center is once again hosting summer art camps for young people. This year there are two different camps, one focused on mixed media and, for the first time, a pottery camp.
At the mixed media camp, children will learn two types of techniques in painting, jewelry making, and exposure to pottery making. There will be four different activities on the first four days. On the last day, participants will present an art exhibition where families and friends can see all the creations.
The Mixed Media Art Camp has two sessions. July 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to noon, for ages 6 to 11. The session from July 18 to 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, is intended for young people aged 12 to 17.
The cost of each of these camps is $145 per child.
The pottery camp will take place from June 20 to 23 (Monday to Thursday) and Thursday July 7. The morning session (9 a.m. to noon) will be reserved for ages 6 to 11; while the afternoon session (1pm-4pm) will be reserved for 12-17 year olds.
In this pottery-focused camp, children will make pottery for four days and one day will be dedicated to glazing their pieces. Organizers say this camp will be fun for beginners and teach new skills to experienced potters.
The pieces dry and are fired in bisque before being enamelled. Participants will be able to pick up their pottery the first week of July. The total cost of the pottery-focused camp is $235. ($185 for instructions, $50 for materials).
Deborah Harmon of the Visual Arts Guild says the organization focuses on outreach to young people.
“We are reaching out to schools and community groups to encourage young people to participate in Celebration of the Arts 2022, a juried art exhibition scheduled for September 23-28 at The Foundation, on the campus of Isothermal Community College “, Harmon said.
The show is free and cash and ribbon prizes will be awarded.
“We want to inspire our youth with a love of art,” Harmon said. “Attending an art camp could open their eyes to new discoveries. They can find joy in creating.
For more information about the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center and the artist community, visit www.artatthevac.com.
All classes will be held at the Visual Arts Center, located at 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton.