The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 18, 2013

Campers' showcase


JOHNSTOWN — For the second year, summer art camp projects will be showcased at a local arts center.

“Get Artsy This Summer,” an exhibition of students’ artwork from

summer art camps, will be on display Monday through Sept. 13 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Students from the June, July and August camps will be showcasing the art they completed during their classes.

A reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday.

“We had more students than in the past,” said Lida Hood, education coordinator for the arts center. “We had as high as 65 students for the first two sessions in July and about 60 in June.”

More than 200 students attended art camps this year, and Hood said there will be 200 pieces for the exhibit.

The initial exhibit of campers’ artwork was well-received last year, and there were requests to do it again this year.

The exhibit was only displayed for a week last year, but this year, it will be the main art show for the annual Log House Festival, which will be held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

“We’re hoping we can draw more people to it, especially other relatives who might be visiting,” Hood said.

“Kids can look at it and say, ‘I can do that.’ They might want to come next year.”

Rather than putting the exhibit together by class, Hood grouped the  artwork according to individual students so it’s easier to access.

“I have a tag for each piece with the student’s name, the class and the instructor, because some classes were taught by two different instructors,” Hood said.

The majority of students at the art camps were ages 3 to 10, but Hood said she got campers as old as 14 this year.

In addition to classes for younger artists, there were classes for artists ages 9 to 14.

The most popular classes were Let’s Glow in the Dark, where campers ages 6 and older painted T-shirts, name plates for their rooms and jars for catching lightning bugs with glow-in-the-dark paint; All Duct Out, which had students crafting projects with duct tape patterned with such popular characters as Angry Birds, Mario Brothers, Hello Kitty and Despicable Me; and Eye-Popping Art, which used optical illusions.

Other classes had campers drawing, painting, acting and dancing, and working with mixed media, fiber, pottery, jewelry, pirates, nature and seaside wonders.

Special events were held in the afternoons.

“It was about half and half between those who stayed over from camp or those who came for the event only,” Hood said.

Hood led a special event based on The BFG, short for “Big Friendly Giant,” a children’s book by Roald Dahl.

In Dahl’s book, the giant catches dreams and bottles them, then blows them into the minds of children with his magical trumpet.

Hood had campers make dream catchers to catch good dreams and dream jars sprinkled with glitter and small beads, where they can store their wishes or dreams.

“We made sundaes from ice cream, pop rocks, food coloring and ginger ale to simulate frobscottle, which is what the giant drank in the book, and snozzecumber sandwiches, made from cucumbers and cream cheese, in the shapes of stars and moons,” Hood said.

For the special event highlighting the film “Epic,” campers made a diorama of the fantasy world Moonhaven, humming birds and humming bird feeders.

Other special events featured Winnie the Pooh and “Monsters University.”

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at RuthRice@RuthRiceTD.


What: Summer Art Camp Student Show.

Where: Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

When: Monday through Sept. 13.

Admission: Free.

Information: 255-6515.