Oxford group hosts art ‘camps’ for adults

OXFORD – Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is sponsoring three adult “camps” this summer.
But rather than canoeing and climbing, the workshops will focus on photography, film preservation and the basics of videography.
“The arts council has spent the past year trying to create programming that gave everyone the opportunity to touch on their creative side,” said Wayne Andrews, director of the Oxford-based arts group. “With the changing economy, people need to have a break throughout the year.”
YAC’s board also wanted to get whole families more involved in artistic pursuits.
“A lot of arts programs are aimed at children, but we thought, if the parents are into it, the kids will get into it,” Andrews said.
The first adult arts camps this summer runs Monday through Wednesday next week and is repeated on June 28-30. Taught by University of Mississippi visiting assistant professor Katherine Rhodes Fields, the class will focus on the basics of photographic composition and, for those who want it, darkroom instruction. Cost of the course is $60, and participants should bring either a film or digital camera.
Micah Ginn, co-director of the Oxford Film Festival, will teach two courses, both of which are free. “Preserving Your Family Film” on June 22 covers how to protect home movies and convert them to DVD from any format.
“The Basics of Shooting Good Video,” on July 13, will introduce the basics of composition, light, sound and camera movement. Participants may bring their own video cameras or use one furnished for the class.
The arts council also will host a range of summer camps for children this year including photography, painting and collage. For more details or to register, visit www.oxfordarts.com or the YAC offices at the Powerhouse or call (662) 236-6429.

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