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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007

Maddie Grace Beasley, left, and Hilton Wiley paint Monday at Camp Carnegie.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Maddie Grace Beasley, left, and Hilton Wiley paint Monday at Camp Carnegie.

Children explore visual arts at center's Camp Carnegie

By Tiffeny Hurtado 340-2440

Don't call it crafts.

Young artists say they are creating masterpieces at Camp Carnegie this summer.

The Carnegie Visual Arts Center is hosting its fifth annual summer art camp. Children from 4 to 12 years old can create and learn through visual arts.

This year's theme is sculpture. Campers will learn various types of three-dimensional art through different mediums.

"I think that it is very important for children to be exposed to art because it helps them become better problem solvers and grasp abstract ideas more easily," said Laura Harris Phillips, executive director of the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

Classes formed earlier than usual this summer, and only a few spots remain. In all, 90 children are expected to participate.

"Camp Carnegie teaches kids different art techniques and styles," said Jennifer Murphree from the city's Junior League. She volunteers her time.

"They are young little minds, and art helps them to develop and grow and work through problems," she said.

Camp Carnegie will have a special weeklong session of art classes for Decatur Youth Services' Girls-2-Women program.

"Some schools don't offer art classes, so children can still get the art education they need here," said Phillips.

Daikin sponsors Camp Carnegie, which helps offset the costs to make the camp available to the public. At the end of the summer, the center will host a student art show, which will exhibit artwork Aug. 10-25.

Slots remain

  • Camp fees for members of the Carnegie Visual Arts Center are $100 and $125 for non-members.

  • Call Laura Harris Phillips at 341-0562 for information about camp.

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