“I think children need to be introduced to art because it releases their creativity even if they don’t feel that they have it. It’s amazing what you can get from them and what they are willing to give. It’s really all about that creativity.” 

— Michele Aiken, Summer Arts Camp Instructor

Cityscape

Landscape by a Young Artist

 

Instructor Michele Aiken’s favorite part about the Youth Arts Camps is “watching children grow through art.” She enjoys the “enthusiasm and the excitement” that accompanies young artists when introducing them to projects. As an artist growing up in Pittsburg, Michele recalls her days in elementary school attending art classes at the Carnegie museum. These experiences helped her grow as an artist, and she now appreciates seeing the growth in her students. Michele’s passion for encouraging young artists’ creativity is evident in her variety of exciting materials and techniques. Every day, Michele’s students complete original works of art using watercolors, tissue paper, decorative paper, and much more! 

Not only are the Youths Arts Camps about having fun, they are also about learning! This week’s class focused on “Exhibition Inspired Work,” drawing inspiration from both famous artists and the Cultural Center. The Cultural Center’s current exhibition, Travels in Light by David Dunlop, inspired Michele and her students to create their own beautiful landscapes and cityscapes. They also created works of art inspired by artists like Monet, Picasso, and Kandinsky! 

Waterlilies

Waterlilies by Young Artists

Michele values introducing her students to the fundamentals of art as well. When students created their collage cityscapes and tissue paper water lilies, they learned about the fundamental element of texture. She also introduced her students to perspective while creating their landscapes and Kandinsky inspired concentric circles. In every project, the students are of course introduced to one of the most exciting fundamental elements of art: color! “I really like them to use at least five colors,” Michele explained. For her, it’s important for students to avoid limiting themselves. 

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Cicles by a Young Artist

Above all, Michele loves to see her students let their creativity flow. “I really am about letting them be free with their art,” Michele explains. She always encourages her students to create original works. “I don’t like everybody’s eyes in the same space,” Michele said,” I like to see them be creative.” Every artist received a portfolio, decorated with their own self-portrait. Every student left camp carrying a portfolio stuffed with original artwork and memories!

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Erika Romanczuk is an intern at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. She is studying Graphic Design & Digital Media at the University of North Florida.

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