Atlanta Library nurtures children in the arts
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[July 01, 2016]
- Think of summer camp and what comes to mind; hiking, canoeing on
the lake, or evenings around the camp fire? Well, the Atlanta Public
Library has completely reformed that image. For the past several
years, the library has offered its young patrons a summer arts camp
composed of a week of instruction in each of three aspects of the
arts - theatre, music and this year, fine arts.
The brain child of Atlanta resident Cathy Marciariello the arts
camps welcome participants from first through fifth grade. Mary
Sunday along with her friend Jayne Kindred, both with long careers
in education, taught the painting camp for the past week.
Each session met during the morning in the basement of the Atlanta
Public Library. The fine art camp, as well as the theatre and music
camp, is so popular that they are oversubscribed. “Thirty-two
students took part in the art camp this year. Many are already
enrolled in the theatre and music camps,” said Mary Sunday. The
summer camps are filled with kids who come back year after year for
fun filled weeks of creativity and learning.
Student volunteers also helped Mary and Jayne. “These are former
arts campers who have aged-out, but think so much of the program
that they volunteer to assist in each camp. We are really proud of
their commitment to the program,” said Cathy Marciariello.
The fine art camp stressed the elements that go into a painting such
as line drawing, color, and different media. This year they studied
renowned artists Paul Klee and Laurel Burch to gather ideas about
how these two created their masterpieces. This gave the campers a
guide to create their own unique images.
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The first summer camp, fine arts, just wrapped up with an art show
for the young artists who participated. The Atlanta Museum was used
for the show because the number of works had outgrown the basement
display space of the library. Every wall of the upper story meeting
room of the Atlanta Museum was filled with the finished masterpieces
by the young artists.
The atmosphere was joyous as the fine art campers hosted their
parents and friends to the show. It was a treat to listen to the
artists explain what inspired them, how the creative process flowed
within them. Parents were heard to remark that their children’s art
was definitely going to be hung in a place of honor in their homes.