By Renata Gebert
This week concludes the 2016 Summer Creativity Camps! As I’m typing, I can hear the last camp bustling away on the other side of the wall. After two months of nonstop kids’ camps, it seems a little hard to believe that this is the end of the summer. The kids won’t be the only ones going back to school; we, the summer students, are reaching the end of an incredible four months.
Front row: Renata, Sunny, Talia. Back row: Stephanie, Caleb, Ryley, Valérie
My first two months at Two Rivers Gallery were spent driving around the Regional District with Sunny, delivering lessons in felting to schools in Valemount, McBride, Mackenzie, and many other places. I myself became supremely obsessed with needle felting as a result of my job!
These last two months of Creativity Camps were a major change from what I’d been doing previously. I went from interacting with kids in small, hour and a half doses, to spending all day with groups whom I could really get to know. We explored a whole range of themes: abstract art, printmaking, MakerLab, colour, altered objects, drawing, painting, and kinetic art.
Teen Week was a real pleasure for me; Stephanie and I planned and facilitated the art activities. The teens painted, wove, felted, beaded, and crystallized. They also made gorgeous sugar skull designs on glass with guest artist, Wendy Young. I really enjoyed the First Nations art projects Stephanie brought to the table—I’d never had the opportunity to make dreamcatchers or drums until Teen Week!
I am really going to miss that daily art interaction with the kids; even a child who claims that s/he is not ‘good’ at art will come up with some of the most fantastic ideas. Art is not necessarily about technical skill; imagination and inspiration fuel the best kind of creativity, and children are certainly not lacking in these areas. Creativity Camp is all about getting kids to have fun with art, and I’m so fortunate to have been a part of this process.
Thanks to all of our 2016 summer students for another amazing season. We'll miss your energy, your ideas, and your enthusiasm. Good luck in the new school year!
-Anna-Maria Lawrie, Director of Public Programs
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