You can make a difference in the lives of young artists by donating supplies to the Dayton Art Institute’s summer art camp.
“Summer Art Camp at the DAI offers our youth and teens an entire of week of art-making,” the museum’s education director Susan Anable said. “With the decreased amount of time for art in the schools, this is a great opportunity to enrich our children’s lives by exposing them to the art museum and allowing them enough time to fully explore their creativity.”
She says exposure to the arts and art-making are key to developing critical thinking skills and are fun at the same time. Classes are small, each week offers a new theme and all classes explore the museum’s art collection and introduce a variety of art medias. Families choose from more than 15 themed camps — from print-making to creating art out of natural found objects to designing and creating their very own board game or musical instrument.
In addition to classes for those in elementary school, teens going into 7th through 9th grade can choose from camps ranging from jewelry-making or oil painting to creating an interactive art installation that will be on view in the art museum.
Here’s what they can use for the art projects:
- Glue sticks
- Elmer’s glue
- Masking tape
- Acrylic paint
- Tempera Paint
- Colored pencils
- Paper bags with handles-to carry home art projects
- Plastic egg cartons-to use as paint palettes
- Coffee cans
- Paper towel tubes
- Shoe boxes
If you have items to be donated, they can be dropped off during regular museum hours at the entrance to the museum’s administrative offices, 456 Belmont Park North, in care of Alexandra Otte. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
All young artists will display their art work in an art show at the end of their camp week. For more information and to download a camp registration form, visit www.daytonartinstitute.org/artcamp. If you have questions, contact Alex Otte, Youth and Family programs coordinator, at (937) 512-0167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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