For most kids, a gallery showing of their artwork involves magnets and the family refrigerator. Not for the future Warhols, Streeps and Claptons who participated in Arts Arising, a summer program for students in grades 3-6 at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, in partnership with the school district of Kershaw County.
At the end of this competitive and challenging three-week series of classes and exchanges with visiting professionals, their works will be shown on Thursday, June 26 at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden.
Later that evening, the older students will take part in a stage performance they conceptualized, wrote and produced with minimal assistance from instructors.
“This is not your average summer camp with beach days built in,” says Jami Steele, director of education and theater for the Fine Arts Center. “The students are here to learn as much as they can about their chosen field of art. They’re very serious.”
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Once the students have been accepted, they begin a rigorous – but fun – three weeks. Mornings are spent working in their specialty of dance, music, visual arts or theater. During the afternoons, students spend time with a cadre of visiting artists – they run the gamut from rock guitarists to Kabuki theater professionals –who share knowledge and experience.
“The students learn to fine tune their work, as well as what to look for during performances in their particular field,” says Steele. “It’s an incredible experience.” The last part of the day is spent exploring types of art outside of each student’s specialty.
The gallery program begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. The performance begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.fineartscenter.org
Katie McElveen, Special to The State