By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
For parents looking for a space where their children can learn how to create art, Ashley Bryan, director of A Space, has a destination in mind.
A Space for Art is hosting its second ArtKids summer program from July 22-26 inside the Texas A&M University-Commerce art department.
Although it is not free this year, Bryan said she is keeping the cost minimal to encourage children to still take part in the week of art.
“For $25 a day, participants get 4 hours of hands-on learning with professional artists in a university setting,” she said. “Each participant also will have their work exhibited in the University Gallery in the ArtKids Show.”
Last year 120 kids from age 9 to 18 signed up for the various classes available.
Bryan said she was happy to see so many Commerce kids interested in art.
“When you have 100 kids together, you get a lot of enthusiasm,” she said. “It was wonderful to see so many children that enthusiastic about art.”
Eight classes will be taught this year from 1-5 p.m. every day.
Classes are separated from ages 9-12 and 13-18.
On Monday, children age 9-12 can learn mold-making and cast sculptures, and age 13-18 can learn Raku, an ancient style of Japanese pottery-making.
On Tuesday, the younger children will be taught how to repurpose recycled materials through the art of weaving, and older children will have the chance to make sound art by using professional audio software.
Children age 9-12 can put on their director hats to create a short stop motion film on Wednesday, while age 13-18 will use pinhole photography to make photographs with a cardboard box and develop them in a darkroom.
On Thursday, children will learn several techniques of print making and teens will be taught how to draw with a graphite pencil.
After the classes are finished, parents can view their children’s work at the ArtKids show on July 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. inside the University Gallery inside the art department.
Registration for each class has been extended to the day of each workshop.
Call 903.689.2785 to reserve a space for the program.
For more information on the program or A Space in general, visit www.aspaceart.com.