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Preschool Lab to Host Summer Arts Camp

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Westminster College Preschool Lab will host its seventh annual summer arts camp for kids June 13-17.  The hands-on camp program encourages children to learn about the arts through visiting with guest artisans, experimenting with different media, and creatively expressing themselves through art.

The Summer Arts Camp for Kids is sponsored by Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and taught by preschool teachers Diana Reed and Debi Roud.

Day one of the camp will highlight tie-dye art with Stephanie Corrette-Bennett of Westminster's Science in Motion program, who will demonstrate methods of dipping cloth and explain how dyes work.  Children will make banners, create stained glass lanterns, and use paint washes for an ongoing ocean art project.

Day two will feature earth art with Peggy Cox, Westminster professor of art, who will guide the children in exploring how plant life can become an art medium.  Campers will have the opportunity to create art from elements of nature and spend time outdoors on a nature walk.  

The third day will focus on woodworking art with Jim Moose of Moose Wood Furniture, who will demonstrate his craft and lead children in creating hand-made wooden boats.  Nail collages are part of the day's agenda and the group will visit the creek to float the new boats. 

Day four will highlight performing art with Gina Sharbaugh, Westminster associate director of admissions and director of Dance Theatre.  Campers will learn about dance training, make puppets, and visit the dance studio for a creative movement class. 

Day five will wrap up the week with watercolor art led by Jill Postema, an art teacher in the Wilmington Area elementary schools.  Children will be guided in experimenting with a variety of ways to paint with watercolors and will conclude with a water day on the playground.

The Westminster College Preschool Lab is a multi-purpose facility that serves both Westminster and the community.  Designed by early childhood experts, the laboratory school is committed to providing an excellent learning experience for the area's children.  The program is enhanced by the use of innovative curriculum, well-trained staff, developmentally appropriate equipment, and individual attention.  It is accredited by the NAEYC's National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.

Contact Reed or Roud at (724) 946-7174 for additional information or to request registration forms or visit www.psych.westminster.edu/preschool/html.  All forms must be completed and returned to the Preschool by May 31.