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The Arts Centre offers summer workshops for older area youth

July 04, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Arts Centre is exploring new territory for its summer youth workshops this year, responding to requests for more concentrated instruction, for work in "environmental art," and for guiding students through collaborative projects.

"Many parents and kids have requested a focus on drawing classes in the Young Artists' Summer Workshops," Arts Centre Program Director Shelley Aikens said in a news release.

"The week beginning July 10 is our response to those requests."

The center's Young Artists' Summer Workshops (YASW) draw more than 100 area children for arts classes running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. The classes are offered for $160 a week, with scholarships available through a grant from Jackson Kelley Attorneys at Law.

Teaching students ages 11 to 13 during the week of July 10 is Jamie Purdy, a visual artist who teaches at Martinsburg High School. Purdy will be focusing on the students' drawing skills - helping them think about lighting and giving their drawings the look of three dimensions. The students also will be working on mixed-media projects such as collage, watercolor and sandpainting, with the possibility of a collaborative work.

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During the week of July 17-21, students ages 13 to 15 will use "found objects" to make environmental art. They will learn how images are used to tell a story in the storyboard design class, and create art inspired by various countries in "Art Around the World," according to Aikens. Students will continue to enjoy learning hip-hop moves during a daily one-hour dance class.

Two weeks of the Young Artists' Summer Workshops are full, but spaces are still available for ages 11 to 15, attending the weeks of July 10, July 17 and Aug. 7. A final Young Artists Summer Art Show is scheduled for Aug. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For dates and availability, contact Aikens at 304-263-0224, or by e-mail: shelley@theartcentre.org. Dates are also listed at www.theartcentre.org.

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