DOBSON — Local inspiring artists, ages 8 to 12, attended a day camp at Surry Community College in July. The 24 children enjoyed painting on canvas, working with photography, and using recycled materials to create robot sculptures.
The camp’s theme was “All About Me” and was the inspiration for each technique that the young artists focused on throughout the week. Campers displayed their favorite hobbies, colors, sports, and much more through a variety of artistic creations and photography.
The first day of camp, Kasey Martin, SCC coordinator of Student and Community Engagement, led the artists to work on canvas art and patterns. Campers were asked to think about their favorite things and were then instructed to create a pattern out of those things onto the canvas. Campers then transferred their silhouettes onto the canvas the second day, as well as worked on abstract art. The children created abstract designs on paper with tape and wet chalk, and also created bowls with balloons, glue, and confetti.
Kelly Johnson, STEAM teacher from Tharrington Primary, worked with the campers on 3D Art and Color Recognition on the third day of camp. The young artists created 3D art robots using recycled materials, and then created a pet for their robot.
On the fourth day of camp, Jennifer Draughn, visual arts instructor at North Surry and owner of Jennifer Draughn Photography, taught campers photography skills. After giving them a lesson in photo techniques, she then took individual portraits of the campers. They were then divided into teams, given a team camera, and were sent on a photo scavenger hunt to put their new photography skills to the test. After the scavenger hunt, campers began the process of transferring their individual portraits onto wood.
The students completed their photography transfer project and began straw art, by blowing watered down paint on paper using drinking straws to create patterns on the last day of camp. Parents and family members were treated to an art show in a gallery set up by campers to exhibit the projects they had completed during the week.
Attending camp were Isaiah Olvera, Baley Hawks, Sophie Tangle, Amelia Radford, Eli Billings, Kaylee Burnette, Anna Cockerham, Madalyn Edwards, Cassidy Hull, Greer Tidd, and Avery Martin of Mount Airy. Caleigh Davis, Cole Carroll, Mia McMillen, and Tripp McMillen of Dobson. Matthew Holder, Aiden Edwards, Cassie Noonkester, and Jacey Ward of Lowgap. Rachel Winfrey of Elkin, Ellie Edwards of State Road, Kaden Haynie and KJ Haynie of Pilot Mountain, and Kara Towe of Cana, Va.