December 21, 2014

Standish Arts Center hosting youth fine arts camp

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STANDISH — The Northeast Michigan Arts Council is hosting their 20th Youth Fine Arts Camp, Aug. 2-6.

NEMAC Executive Director Gail Schmidt said the camp is a great opportunity for children to find an interest in art before high school.

“Students have a blast all week long,” she said. “We make it fun.”

Registration for the camp closes on July 30, and anyone ages 8 to 13 can sign up. Members of NEMAC can sign up for $25 while the cost is $30 for non-members.

Schmidt said the camp will take up to 60 students, 20 for each of the three instructors and will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every day.

“We have three great instructors,” she said.

Each instructor will teach a different art form. Schmidt said there is drawing and painting, mixed media, and performing arts. She added that at 12:30 p.m. on the final day there will be a showcase of all the students’ completed work and a performance of “Cinderella,” done by the performing arts class.

“The students are proud to show their work at the end of the week,” Schmidt said. “It’s great to see the parents and grandparents come and see what the students have done.”

She said it is important for children in the area to discover art at an early age.

“It’s important to get into (art) when you’re young,” Schmidt said. “I believe it helps with creative thinking.”

The camp is funded by the NEMAC and a $1,000 grant from the Arenac County Fund.

Schmidt said that as long as the community shows interest in art, the camp will continue.

“We do it because we believe art is important,” she said.

For more information, contact Schmidt the NEMAC office at 989-846-9331.

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