Youthful artists explore hues, life as they prepare for art show

Eleven rambunctious children ages 8 through 12 are attending the summer Art Camp at Fisher Community Center this week, run by the Central Iowa Art Association.

Monday they participated in a nature activity which involved weaving a piece of string between two close trees and strategically placing their own art work within the web.

The art work included woven pieces of leaves, branches and flowers.

Other projects the kids will be doing include glue prints, line walking, sun print paper and many more.

“Art expresses so much and it gives kids a voice, it gives everyone a voice who may not be able to express it,” said Melissa Nelson, a second year art teacher in charge of the camp.

The children shared Nelson’s view on art.

“I like art because you get to be creative, you can draw anything and make your own stuff, it’s imagining whatever you want,” said Adrian Dixson, a camp attender.

Some of the children had different views.

“My favorite part is making the mess,” said participant Dakota Curly.

Another activity the kids worked on Monday was bubble painting.

“I liked doing the bubble paint because when the paint went onto my paper it did a really cool design,” Anthoneih Kopsa said.

But trouble occurred when one of the children accidentally knocked over some paint onto the floor.

One camp attendee claimed that everybody spilled “so so much” to which the others insisted that it wasn’t them.

“It wasn’t me I just came back from washing my hands when that happened,” said Hayden Walsh, an enthusiastic participant.

The culprit turned out to be little Madison Swartz.

“I accidentally bumped into the table and it spilt over,” Swartz said.

Nelson took this opportunity to teach the children an important life lesson.

“I believe in art as a process and not necessarily a product. I want the children to experience lots of different kinds of art because sometimes things work and sometimes things don’t. The idea of failure is just a step in the process, it’s not the end of it. Failure gives them a chance to continue on from something that didn’t work and to make it into something better,” Nelson said.

Not even half way through the first day the children were learning and having fun even though some were hesitant to be there at first.

“I didn’t think it was going to be fun today but I stand corrected,” said Dillon Walsh, Hayden’s little brother.

The children will be having an art show Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Fisher Community Center.