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Art Camp’s Special Visitor

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Every year, when school is out and summer is in full swing, kids keep their creative juices flowing at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Summer Art Camp. This year, campers are exploring and crafting works that tell stories. In keeping with the “Storytelling through Art” theme, local sculptor Carolyn Wass is teaching the young artists sculpting techniques to create alligators and walruses based on artist Frank Fleming’s works, which tell tales in whimsical ways. After the campers finish their pieces, Wass fires the clay at her studio to complete the creations.

To top off the Fleming fun, last week’s campers had the privilege of meeting the artist himself when he visited the BMA for his 75th birthday party. Campers extended a warm welcome to Fleming by singing him the birthday song. A number of the young artists even wanted to give him their sketches, inspired by his works, as presents! Fleming received a camp t-shirt featuring a drawing of his sculpture The Spirit Catcher, and Camp Director Carrie McGrann says that he had “a huge smile on his face.”

Not only do campers exercise their imagination, but they also have a great time! McGrann says, “After attending camp last week, one camper just signed up for all four weeks. She’s enjoying herself so much that she doesn’t care if she repeats activities; she just wants to be here.” It sounds like Art Camp is the place to be!

Want your children to join the fun? It is not too late to enroll in Summer Art Camp! Click here for more information.