Art camps open world of color, creation to children


July 13, 1998|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IMAGINE SPENDING the summer swirling neon-colored washable paints across paper, smoothing wet gooey pulp to make papier-mache puppets, and painting your face like a clown's.

Ah, to be totally absorbed in endless summer days at the the Howard County Arts Center's summer camp.

Sixteen students are participating in the two-week class called "Come Join the Circus."

The camp is one of five offered in Session I, which began July 6 and has attracted 68 students ages 4 to 14.

Coleen West, executive director of the Howard County Arts Council, says the camps are designed to be a "fun, artistic experience to start children off early, in learning how to enjoy and interpret the arts."

The camp's instructor, Judi Lanciotti, introduces the children to art through the vibrant colors and interesting shapes of circus animals, parades, trapeze artists and clowns.

Crayons, paints, markers and papier-mache are all fair game in the fever of creation.

The children are quiet and absorbed. One child reaches and stretches to paint the exact edge of the paper; another plays with the paintbrush.

A third has created bold splashes of pink, green and orange.

Three students have been recruited as helpers by Lanciotti from the St. Louis School in Clarksville, where she teaches: Middle school students Megan Gonzalez and Erica Maltz and high-schooler Kate Anderson assist at the small tables.

Amelia Conlon, a student at Sudbrook Middle School in Baltimore County, is volunteering.

Lanciotti wants this group of 4- to 6-year-olds to use their hands, feel textures, play with shapes, colors, lines, patterns and three-dimensional forms as they make animals and clowns.

On the last day of the session, the children will paint their own faces and become clowns in a circus they have been creating during camp.

In Session II, which runs from July 20 to 31, the center will offer camp sessions titled "Exploring the Summer with Art," "Animated Art with Music," "Masks: Expression and Celebration," "Printmaking" and "Bringing Your Stories to Life Through Illustration."

From Aug. 3 to 14 (Session III), the center offers "Art and Music: Making Musical Instruments," "Puppets and Masks," "Myths, Magic and Make-Believe," "Expressing Personal History Through Artmaking" and "Artistic Bookmaking."

Full- and half-day sessions are available, as are extended day programs.

Half-day programs cost $180 for a two-week session; full-day programs cost $350.

An annual membership of $25 per person or $35 per family reduces the fees by $20 and $40 respectively.

The Art Center building at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City was the Rockland Elementary School from 1964 to 1984.

According to Georgia Miller, a community resident for 34 years, the school closed when "all the children grew up."

The community lobbied to find a good use for the building, and is "pretty well pleased with the arts council," Miller said.

Seven of the 20 board members who govern the council are Ellicott City residents. They are Steve Gershman, president; and Denise Koch, Jackson Phippen, Rhona Schonwald, Ken Danker, Barbara King and David Jones.

The building houses 16 resident artists and three resident organizations -- The Eva Anderson Dance Company Inc., The National Quilting Association Inc. and Piano Perspectives School Music.

Piano Perspectives offers half-day music enrichment camps for children age 7 and older.

Information: 410-465-6729.

Among the longtime resident artists who rent studio space at the center are Ellicott City residents Jim Adkins, Diana Marta and Jay Kissel.

The resident artists plan an annual exhibit. They also share ideas, help each other staple canvas and box artwork, and socialize in the halls.

"It's a solitary business, this being an artist," Adkins said. "At this center, you can go into your studio and be alone, but if you get a little lonely, you can open your door and walk down the hall."

For information about the Howard County Center for the Arts or the summer camps, call 410-313-2787.

Our graduates

Local residents received bachelor's and master's degrees during Western Maryland College's 128th Commencement May 23.

Ellicott City residents Vijay K. Petwal, Thomas J. Miley and Amanda T. Leavelle -- daughter of resident Annette Wheeler -- received bachelor of arts degrees.

Holly B. Pasciullo, also a resident of Ellicott City, was recognized for the master of liberal arts degree she had completed in 1997.

Anne F. Sammis of Elkridge and Carolee D. Giles of Jessup received master of science degrees.

Other residents have traveled farther afield for their educations.

Elizabeth Megan Skorny made the dean's list at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. David William Johnson made the dean's list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

At Salisbury State University, two Ellicott City residents were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma national honor society: Amanda Brewer, daughter of Rod and Linda Brewer, and Courtney Martin, daughter of Jim and Laurie Martin.

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