UF art chapter to offer three children's art camps

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 5:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 5:24 p.m.

The University of Florida's chapter of the National Art Education Association is offering three children's art camps as part of its "Artists and Their Sketchbook" series.

The camps will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 28 in Room 10 of Norman Hall on the UF campus. The cost is $10 for one class or $25 for all three. The price includes all materials and a snack.

Children must be registered in advance, said Cindra Harris, president of the organization. To register, contact Harris at 727-688-2625 or ufcindra@ufl.edu. Signing up can be done any time before the class, but space is limited.

At the first camp, "Artists and their Sketchbooks," attendees will make their own sketchbooks. There also will be a lesson on how artists, such as Leonardo DaVinci, have used these books.

The February class, "Artist's Sketchbooks: Story Illustrations," will feature members of the organization who specialize in animation and character drawing, Harris said.

The last camp is "Artist's Sketchbooks: 3-D Illusions," in which children will learn pop-up techniques and how to bring other materials, such as construction paper and paint, into their books.

Those who attend all three classes will use the same sketchbook throughout the series. If a child skips the first camp, he or she will have to do a sketchbook before the class, Harris said.

The camps are run by students majoring in art education at UF. Michelle Tillander, an art education assistant professor, will supervise.

The members of the organization decided to put on the camp, as other members have done in the past.

"With art in schools dwindling, we want to offer to children a place they can be creative," Harris said. "We decided to do that for children in the community."

Betty Osfield, a mother of two, has enrolled her children in the camps.

Her 9-year-old daughter, Emma, attended her first class "Natural Impressions" in the fall and had a great experience, she said.

Her son, Kyle, 11, will attend the camp for the first time this year.

She describes the classes as fun and the staff as enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She also praises the series for being inexpensive.

"I think they're great," Osfield said. "I would love to see them every single weekend."

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