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July 10, 2012

Enrollment open for summer arts camp

Woodward, Okla. — Creativity will be flowing during the 18th annual Summer Youth Arts Camp in Woodward.

The camp will be held July 23 through 27 at the Woodward Arts Theatre and Josie Adams Cultural Center on Main Street. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

"At the end of the summer, kids get in a rut where they're bored because they've done everything they can do," said Eryn Brooks, general manager of the theater. "This gives them something to do and keeps their minds and hands busy."

There will be 2 camps running simultaneously. The Explore Arts camp is for ages 8 through 13 and will be focusing on a variety of visual arts, drama, and music or dance.

The Enrichment camp is for 7th through 12th grade students. This camp allows students to focus on either drama or visual arts.

The theme this year is "Earth Art," a theme that Brooks said leaves a lot of room open for interpretation. Students can have fun drawing or painting pictures of landscapes or maybe even use natural things to create art such as actual pieces of bark, tree branches or flowers she said.

"There's a lot of creative options," she said.

The camp will feature 9 professional artists. Brooks said one of the instructors likes to make puppets so there will be puppet-making, one would like to do some paper mache work, and one is a print maker.

"It's important to bring in a professional artist for these kids because the artists, they make a living doing art," she said. "It's important for kids to see that it's not out of the realm of possibilities for this to be a job."

At the end of the camp on Friday evening, there will be an art exhibit and performances to showcase what the students have worked on during the week.

For more information and for downloadable enrollment forms, visit www.woodwardartstheatre.com or contact the Woodward Arts Theatre office at 580-256-7120.

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