Area children have multiple opportunities to grow their artistic ability this summer. Two summer art camps, one from Minden City Art works and the other from Cultural Crossroads, are seeking student registration.
"The city is excited to once again offer summer recreation in the arts for interested children," said Minden Mayor Bill Roberstson.
Minden City Art Works' camp has a theme of "Art from Around the World" and will offer two sessions, one for elementary age children and the other for high school student.
Director of this summer's camp Elementary Session is Kristen Hulse of Little Rock.
Hulse is an art teacher for Little Rock Public Schools and has worked as an instructor for City Arts Camp for the past several years.
"I am excited to return to Minden for Art Camp 2013," Hulse said. "The theme 'Art from Around the World' is going to be great fun."
The elementary camp will be held June 17 through June 21 and will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. Session 1, for children ages 7, 8 and 9 will be held from 10 a.m. until noon, and Session 2, held from 2 until 4 p.m., will be offered to children ages 10, 11 and 12.
Local artists Larry Milford and Jeanne Mason will be directing the Senior High Art Camp to be held June 24 through June 28 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 each evening.
"We have a great project for the high school students this year which will expose the students to many art techniques," Milford said. "It will be a great surprise and great fun. The world is different and so is art."
There is a $10 supply fee for all students participating in City Art Works' art camp. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deadline for registration is Friday, May 31 at 4 p.m. at City Art Works or City Hall. Registration forms are available at Minden City Hall, 520 Broadway or at City Art Works, 701 Main Street. City Art Works is open every Wednesday through Saturday.
For more information call Bill Cook at 540-3324 or Pattie Odom at 371-4258. Minden City Art Works is the Cultural Recreation Program for the City of Minden. City Art Works offers a variety of art, dance and music lessons throughout the year as well as gallery art shows.
For more information, go to mindenusa.com/mainstreet.
Cultural Crossroads, which has sponsored Earth Camp every summer more than 15 years, is looking forward to holding camp in their new facility.
"While previous summer camps were held outdoors or under the Farm's pavilion, this year's campers will enjoy newly constructed air-conditioned studio called "Zenobia's House," said Chris Broussard, artist and Earth Camp coordinator.
The half-day camp, which is held from 9 a.m. until noon each day, will offer students a variety of art projects and processes from sculpting to painting.
"Earth Camp incorporates art processes with recycling and includes the creative use of raw and natural materials," Broussard said. "We wanted to give the youngsters a chance to experience the arts from a variety of visual artists with different styles and perspectives.
"This year, we'll add some new dimensions to the experience by giving kids a chance to explore their creative energies in a number of mediums," Broussard continued. "We are happy to offer students additional art instruction by visiting professional artists from the area."
Earth Camp is offered to students ages 6 to 16 at The Farm, located at 419 East Union, on the corner of Hwy 80 and Talton Streets, across from Save-A-Lot.
Dates for this summer's Earth Camps include the weeks of June 17 through June 21 and July 8 through July 12.
Cost of the art camp is $125 per child and an early bird discount of $25 for those registering before May 20. Each camper will receive a free "Earth Camp" tee shirt.
Registration forms are available on line at www.artsinminden.com or may be picked up at The Children's Center located at 806 Broadway Street in Minden. Enrollment is limited and interested parties are encouraged to enroll early.
For more information, you may contact Chris Broussard at 393-5991 or email ghostchicken54@ gmail.com. All proceeds collected from the art camps support Cultural Crossroads and the Farm project.