TUESDAY, May 24 — Lately, it seems like creative classes like music and art are being pushed out of schools in favor of classes that focus on memorizing information and getting near-perfect scores on standardized tests. But interest in art is as healthy as ever. The Lansing Art Gallery, for example, is expanding its summer camp offerings.
“We actually added a week of summer art camp so we could accommodate some teen students in the classes,” said Barb Whitney, executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery. “Some of our campers are aging out of our programs, so it seemed important to us to reach students of all ages.”
This year, the gallery is offering five weeks of summer camps where students children 7 through 16 years old can put their creativity to work under the direction of local artists like Steve Baibak, Catherine Tonning-Popowich, and Roxanne Zielke. For $100 for five half-day sessions — $80 for campers with a family membership to the gallery — campers will learn skills like art journaling with mixed media, drawing, painting and making sculptures out of everyday objects. Lunch is available for an additional $5 per day.
The camps run June 13 through Aug. 12, and each week has morning and afternoon classes available. The morning class begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon, and the afternoon class begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Each week of classes culminates in a student art show in the Lansing Art Gallery.
“I love having students in the gallery space. It’s my favorite time of year,” Whitney said. “At the close of each week, we have a celebration and reveal the student art work. It’s a wonderful way to finish the week with students and their families and friends.”
More information regarding the Lansing Art Gallery Summer Camp can be found at lansingartgallery.org/summer-art-camp, or you can contact education coordinator Megan Shoup at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 374-6400. Scholarships are available.