DCA celebrates a summer of art camp

Special to Dorchester Banner/DCA Dorchester Center for the Arts presented another enriching summer of art classes for children. Community members, who would like to receive notices of the programs for next year, should call 410-228-7782 and request to be placed on the mailing list.

Special to Dorchester Banner/DCA
Dorchester Center for the Arts presented another enriching summer of art classes for children. Community members, who would like to receive notices of the programs for next year, should call 410-228-7782 and request to be placed on the mailing list.


For Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) 2016 was again a creative summer for children at art camp. Young artists of all ages painted, sculpted, sewed, knitted, sang, acted, printed, and more.

Among the art experiences were:
• Ages 3 to 5 became pirates for a week; making treasure maps and singing songs;
• 6-8 year olds took a journey through the Amazon and created 3-dimensional landscapes and clay creatures;
• Older students learned the basics of sewing and stitched a study pillow complete with storage pockets and explored fiber arts through knitting, silkscreening, and batik;
• Art Lab had ages 6-8 exploring the town sketching images for a custom coloring book, and using recycled materials to create totem poles and fiber bowls. Fantasy flight took these same ages to the sky with paper mache hot air balloons, paper planes, and imaginary clay creatures.
• Ages 8-11 took to the stage; ages 10 and up learned how colors convey mood, and young writers 8 and up worked to find their “voice”.
• “Recycled royals” built castles with tubes and tape and paper mache; created crowns, and shields to boast their family crest.

In addition, serious young artists studied the classics; learning techniques of the great artists of the world, learning to mix a complex palette, and developing skills in still life and natural landscape drawing.

DCA extends its appreciation to the instructors Ginny Sears, Alisha Johnson, Charles Ross, Heather Shockley, Nancy Hebb; summer intern Julie Weldon; summer classroom assistant Carmen Spencer, and preschool camp assistant Tamira Dotson.

DCA would also like to thank the Midshore Community Foundation, DCA Board President Alicia Hoffman and other donors, who helped provide a total of 49 scholarships with a value over $5,000.

Community members, who would like to receive notices of the programs for next year, should call 410-228-7782 and request to be placed on the mailing list.

Artists’ reception this weekend

“Lighthouse Views,” A series of photographs of the Choptank River Lighthouse by Jill Jasuta, along with selected paintings and renderings by other accomplished artists are now on exhibit at DCA. An Artists’ Reception is being held this weekend, Second Saturday, from 5-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with live music provided by Cynthia G. Miles and light refreshments available.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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