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Bowdoin Summer Art Camp Begins in June

Story posted May 15, 1999

May 10, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- For the third year local children have the opportunity to explore their creative abilities at the Bowdoin Summer Art Camp.

Chaki K. Higgison serves as camp director for her third year. "It's been my goal from the beginning, and it really is the goal the whole staff brings to the camp, to nurture seeing, exploration and individual creativity," she said.

No artistic experience or expertise is necessary to participate, and the focus is on the process of creating art, rather than the end result. The fully supervised day camp offers all-day sessions for ages seven to 14 and half-day sessions for children 10 to 14.

Each week-long session operates as a separate unit, so a child may participate in any or all session. Each week's session is limited to 18 seven- to nine-year-olds and twenty 10- to 14-year olds.

Ceramist Sue Mason and arts educator Laura Baecher will once again be working with the children; Keisha Payson of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum joins this year to lead an exploration of the art of the native peoples of the arctic.

Camp runs for four weeks, June 28 through July 23. The full-day sessions are as follows: "An Arts Expedition: Line, Color and Clay," projects include making paint from berries and using lenses to change one's point of view; "Beasts of Bowdoin," projects include creating an animal mask and using pencil and clay to create animals; "Exploring the Arctic," projects include making masks and soup carvings; "Focus on Faces and Figures," projects include drawing and clay building.

The half-day workshops focus on drawing and making and burnishing clay objects.

The cost for tuition and materials for each week of camp is $145, which includes a T-shirt the camper will decorate. There is a 10 percent discount for additional children from the same family enrolled in the same week.

The half-day sessions are $75 per child. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available.

Brochures containing more detailed descriptions of the sessions and scheduling are available at the Brunswick Library or by calling 725-3433.

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