4-17-13 Youth art camps set in Berkeley Springs

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BERKELEY SPRINGS — The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) announces a pair of summer art camps for kids from 5 to 16 at Berkeley Springs High School and the Ice House. A two-week theater camp fills the end of June while a weeklong visual art camp is held in July.

The visual art camp: “Nature Imprints” is new for children 6-10. Local clay artist, Lynn Lavin, guides the students to learn about protecting native habitat in hands-on ways. They identify local trees and make their shapes and leaves as well as make native birds and animals with clay and paint them. Classes take place in the new “wet” classroom at the Ice House.

“It’s so wonderful that the kids can use the sinks and look out the window,” said Lavin. Supplies including a handcrafted workbook are included by Lavin who has been a popular teacher in the innovative Arts Integration school program for more than a year. The weeklong class runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning July 8. Lindsay Unger assists Lavin with the class.

“Alice in Wonderland” is the finale production around which this year’s theater camp is built. It will be staged on Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29. Two weeks of camp provide hands-on instruction in acting, singing, dancing costuming and all other work for a full production from longtime teachers Brice Williams and Margi Griffiths. “There’s a performance part in Alice for everyone,” said Griffiths. Camp is half day for ages 5-7 from 9 a.m. to noon; ages 8-14 attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp is Monday through Friday, June 17-28. Classes and production are at Berkeley Springs High School. Dia Griffiths assists theater camp activities.

Materials for both camps are included but campers should bring their own lunch. “There are sibling and multicamp discounts as well as a limited number of partial scholarships,” said Anne Beckley, MAC’s executive director. The registration form is on the website: www.macicehouse.org.

MAC has been presenting youth art summer camps since 2000. “We’re happy to offer parents three weeks of creative summer activities for their kids,” said Beckley. She is concerned about how to meet requests for scholarship assistance. “We don’t want to turn any kids away because they can’t pay,” she said. “The arts are too important for their development.”

In addition to various grant support, MAC is seeking community assistance to help students cover the tuition. “Donors can provide a full scholarship that is named for either a specific child or the donor while smaller contributions can be added to the scholarship fund,” she said.

Grant support for this program comes from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, EcoLab Foundation, the Eastern WV Community Foundation and its Two Rivers Giving Circle Fund.  For more information and to register, contact 304-258-2300 or check online at www.macicehouse.org.

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