Art Camp finds temporary home

Published 10:22 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Summer Art Camps hosted by the Selma City Ceramics program might be in a different location this year.

Students joining the camp will be able to draw inspiration from artwork by Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas as they work in his studio.

“This time, if we do continue to have it in this building, they’ll be working among all his artwork, and I think that will be a really neat thing for them to get to sit here and look at it all day long,” said Candi Duncan, ceramics art program director. “You don’t just have to tour the place for 15 minutes, you get to be right in the midst of it all week long.”

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The art camp normally takes place at the Dallas Academy Building, but after a fire in October, the ceramics program has been temporarily moved to Charlie’s at 9 Lauderdale Street. Duncan said if repairs are finished before the start of the camp, they do plan to move back into the old building.

“If they finish the building the week before, we’re prepared to move in and go over there,” she said.

Duncan said students would have to pick a particular area of art to study at camps in other places, but in Selma they offer a little bit of everything.

“That’s what we do at art camp. We have lots of different areas that we work in. You’ll get to do a sculpture with Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas, you’ll get to do a drawing with Vicky Stoudenmire, you get to do crafts with some of us,” Duncan said.

“They get exposed to a lot of different areas, you don’t have to just focus on one thing.”

Kids 8 years old and up are welcome to attend, and Duncan said they try to send them home with multiple projects.

“Kids usually go home with 10 to 12 projects,” she said. “We don’t guarantee them with but seven or eight, but we have all 20 ready.”

The students are given various projects to complete, like wire art, macramé, watercolor painting, origami, calligraphy, weaving and many more.

“We try to have a nice happy medium where they do some things that are really controlled and others where they just get to express themselves totally,” Duncan said. “You got to learn a technique first and so the second time they do it, they get to do what they want.”

Duncan said she and the rest of the artists that lead the camp enjoy teaching the children and watching some of them develop as they come back year after year.

“It’s rewarding, especially when you teach them something they don’t know how to do,” Duncan said.

“We have fun doing it. We like the projects that we do and we put our heart and soul into it too.”

The camp is $125 and enrollment is first come first serve. The first camp will be from June 11-15 and the second from July 9-13. For more information, call (334) 412-8550.