Teaching at Art Camp 2013

  • Micheal Anderson
  • Liz Braun
  • Mark Griffith
  • Josh Liller
  • Judi Gaydos
  • Sibyl MacKenzie
  • Swami Ramachandrananda
  • Lou Mazzeo
  • Mary O'Malley
  • Adventures in the Arts
    Summer Art Camp 2013

    “Adventures in the Arts,” a Summer Art Camp for children ages 8-13 eager to explore art more in depth, was held July 8-12, 2013 on the campus of the WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. 

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    Thirty three Campers engaged in an exciting variety of art activities in this action-packed week.  For many this was a first-time experience in some of the art forms offered and perhaps the catalyst for a passion for a new hobby or launching a budding career.  Their instructors were distinguished local artists, artisans and teachers who donated their time and expertise to make this an educational and fun-filled camp.

    Michael Anderson, with years of experience as a graphic designer and photographer,taught a photo literacy.  Making fused-glass sun-catchers with Liz Braun, who specializes in custom glass art in her Elizabeth’s Glassworks Studio, intrigued campers.  Mark Griffith, whohas spent a lifetime of spinning yarns while working with youths, shared stories of Native American culture and the art of storytelling.  A class in creating with fibers was taught by Judi Gaydos, a weaver with 30 years experience.   Josh Liller, an English teacher at WVSDB who has been involved with theatrical arts for many years, sparked enthusiasm with his transitional theatrical arts throughout the week.  

    Sibyl MacKenzie, an acrylic artist of paintings “from realism to fantasy and everywhere in between,” taught painting with primary colors.  Swami Ramachandrananda, an internationally-known master of yoga for the last 35 years, helped children maintain their focus with yoga exercises and proper breathing techniques.  Campers with all levels of drawing experience benefited from basic drawing tips and instructions from Lou Mazzeo, well-known for his pen and ink “architectural portraits.”  Long-time and respected music teacher Mary O’Malley introduced playing handbells to campers who then performed for a camp finale.    

    Parents, friends and the community were invited to attend the last day for the camp closing and to see and hear the works accomplished by the campers.

    HCAC thanks The WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind for use of their facilities, Food Lion, South Branch Inn and Spring Valley Farm for items for snack time, Chelsea Carr for assistance, and Reed Drug Store, Century 21 Mountain Heritage Realty, and the Pin Oak CEOS Club for scholarship sponsorships.

    19 of the campers signed up the last day to participate in Art Camp 2014. Registration is limited so anyone interested in the camp (as a camper or instructor) should contact Joanne Snead at 304-298-3039 or Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com. A few scholarships will be available for any youngster needing financial assistance.