Summer art camps available

By Kelly Duncan -

The first day of 2016 summer art camp.

Courtesy photo

NEWBERRY — With the end of the school year coming, many parents and even adults may be looking into fun activities to do this summer.

The Newberry Arts Center is taking applications for its kids, teens and adult art classes.

NAC has been holding summer art classes since June 2014, first in the old Parks and Recreation building, only holding around three or four weeks of camp.

“We’ve grown and expanded that every summer since, adding teenage camps and this time there will be some adult classes going on as well,” said Marquerite Palmer, arts and special programs coordinator.

“Camps have always been directed more towards our kids and teens, but we still have the normal classes we offer during the year. We’ve still got some of those going on this summer, ” said Megan Gordon, instructor at NAC.

Gordon said campers will be doing something different each week to avoid repeating projects, but this year will be unique because a lot of the projects will be directed toward the upcoming eclipse.

“Projects will be geared toward the eclipse and getting campers ready and excited for that and to help the campers learn more about science and math, but also to help spread the word on it, too,” said Gordon.

In the classes, Palmer said each class will be STEAM-based, meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“This is the foundation for all of our camps. It’s still going to be incredibly fun. The kids will be discovering and learning things about all of those subjects, especially about the upcoming eclipse, the solar system and how light travels,” said Palmer.

Palmer said there are also a few partial scholarships still available for campers. Contact Palmer at The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism for more information.

Eight weeks of summer camp have been scheduled for children ages 5 to 12 with an added week of June 26-30. Camps last from 9 a.m. until noon Monday to Friday. Campers can attend one or several camps, with each camper being grouped by age.

Teen camps are for youth ages 13 to 16.

Teen oil painting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 through June 9 and will be taught by Marjorie Huwa. Teen pottery will be held from July 17 to July 21 and will be taught by Marquerite Palmer while teen drawing camp runs from July 24-28 and will be taught by Marquerite Palmer.

In the teen classes, kids need to bring their own lunch, but snacks and water will be provided in all camps.

Adult classes are for those ages 16-99.

On June 10, Anne Hightower-Patterson White will hold Fun Exploration in Watercolor.

On July 15, White will hold a Drawing Basics class and on Aug. 19, she will teach an Understanding Perspective class.

A pottery workshop called Sharpening your Wheel Skills will be held June 10 for adults. It will be taught by Palmer. An adult beginning pottery class will be held July 11, July 13, July 18, July 20, July 25 and July 27.

The six-week class for ages 16 and up will be taught by Paula Riddle. Riddle also will be teaching a printmaking class for adults from June 6 through June 8.

Visit for additional classes/camps that may be added.

Those interested in signing up for a camp can pick up an application from The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 1323 College St. or call for prices for camps and additional questions.

A downloadable version of the registration form is available online. Registrations should be completed a week before a camp starts.

The first day of 2016 summer art camp. first day of 2016 summer art camp. Courtesy photo

By Kelly Duncan

Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-768-3123 ext. 1868 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-768-3123 ext. 1868 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.

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