Kids can find their artistic side during spring break

There are starfish and photographs, Play-Doh-style heads and some moldy bread.

  • Mar. 18, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Kelowna Art Gallery’s head of public programming Renée Burgess says the middle and high school students’ projects currently featured in the gallery should prove inspirational for kids registering for spring break programming. Here Shannon Abraham’s mask and Crystal Yeoman’s sculpted fish prove cases in point.

There are starfish and photographs, Play-Doh-style heads and some moldy bread.

For the kids who will spend their spring break in the Kelowna Art Gallery, though, there’s mostly just plenty of inspiration.

From the celebrated painter John Kissick to the Art in Action annual display of Okanagan middle and high school students’ work, the five- to 12-year-olds who attend Art Break this year are in for a treat.

“We try to offer a bit of a sampling of sculpture, drawing, painting, but also things like mixed media which are a little bit more free,” said Renée Burgess, head of public programming for the gallery.

The camp is divided into two different one-week sessions. The first, for five- to eight-year-olds, is full, but the second, for eight to 12-year-olds, still has room for parents to register.

The students will definitely look through and learn about the professional art featured in the gallery. Burgess said some of the most inspiring pieces will likely be in the Art in Action section where students just a little older than those in the second camp have had their work selected for display.

“It’s one of our most popular shows,” said Burgess, in an interview held between the paintings and photos and sculpture pieces of the Art in Action show.

“I think it’s so important for the kids to see work done by their peers,” she added, noting the display includes work selected by each art teacher in the district and offers the younger kids topics they understand from kids in close proximity to their own world.

With the two-week break, it can be difficult to get kids interested in activities outside video games and television, so the short courses are aimed at stimulating the students’ natural creativity, making art fun and worth drawing on as a source of things to do, even after the camp has ended.

“Encouraging children’s creativity and showing them how rewarding actively participating in the visual arts can be is our focus,” said Burgess. “It’s a great place for children and their friends to do something together during Spring Break.”

Day camps are being held Monday to Friday during the weeks of March 21-25, and March 28-April 1.

Cost per day for registration is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. Register for any four classes and receive the fifth class free. For more information or to register, call the Kelowna Art Gallery at 250-762-2226.

And for the parents in the crowd there are always things happening at the gallery. Lectures, workshops, guided tours of exhibitions, and many other art activities are available year-round for people of all ages.


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