By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Although she has made many creative pieces this week during an art camp at the Haven Acres Boys & Girls Club, Madison McIntosh had no hesitation about which one is her favorite.
That designation falls to her painting of seashells with a background of orange, green, yellow, blue and purple.
Asked her favorite part about this week’s camp, the 8-year-old from Amory said she enjoyed using different colors and painting different things.
“You get to do fun things, like art,” she said.
The week-long camp was organized by the GumTree Museum of Art and co-sponsored by Montgomery Enterprises of Fulton. It was free for students in the Haven Acres Boys amp& Girls Club’s summer program.
“We thought this was a wonderful way for our museum to get out of our four walls and create a quality outlet for kids during the summer,” said GumTree Museum Executive Director Kit Stafford. “Kids start to get bored in July, and this is a great way to combat that and give them something to do.”
About 90 campers from ages 6 to 18 used black glue to draw fish and watercolors to paint them. They also used oil pastels and painted birds, guitars, houses and geometric designs. On Thursday, several campers melted plastic beads into decorative bowls.
“It has been awesome for the kids,” said Mattie Mabry, clubhouse director of Haven Acres Boys amp& Girls Club. “I think every age group has particularly and thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Several challenge and art teachers from the Tupelo and Lee County school districts also helped teach the campers.
“These kids are learning perseverance as they complete their projects, and they’re also having to use math to determine how things relate to each other,” said Lawndale challenge teacher Teresa Gregory. “They are learning things they will take with them in their lives.”