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Its time once again for Summer Art Camp. The Willow Springs Arts Council has planned some exciting art classes for all children entering the first through eighth grades this fall. Classes will be held at the Ferguson Building in Willow Springs.

Classes for kids ages 5 to 10 will be held on July 9, 10 and 11. Classes for kids ages 10 and up will be held on July 23, 24 and 25. Class times are from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be different art activities each day and students may attend any or all three of the sessions in their age group.

The fee is $5 per class which includes all supplies and a snack. There will be a reduced class fee of $4 per child for families enrolling more than three children. The cost will also be reduced to $4 for children who prepay and attend at least three classes. Class size will be limited to 20 students so early enrollment is encouraged. Payment is required at time of enrollment, which may be done by stopping in at the Ferguson Building.

This year's classes are being taught by local artists, Ginny Thomason, Kristina Kauffman, Ann Kulpa and Marie Ann Robinson. Each class is designed to tap into the childs creativity while building confidence, self-esteem and positive forms of self-expression.

Marie Ann Robinson will teach the first of the 5 to 10 age group class on July 9. The title of her class is Fun with Paints, Petals and Plants. Students will use watercolor to paint the background and use pressed petals, plants and leaves to create an undersea picture and a wildflower scene.

Ann Kulpa will teach the class on July 10 for the younger group. Her Garden Craft Project will be a whimsical bee hive created from a painted clay pot, complete with bees hovering the hive.

Kristina Kauffman will teach the class on July 11 for the younger group. She will focus on how to draw people and then use those skills to develop a human cartoon character. Kauffmans goal is to help the students see the world more fully.

Ginny Thomason will teach the classes on July 23, 24 and 25 for the 10 and up age group. The title of her classes is “Wild Things. In the July 23 class, students will learn to draw a dragonfly using a template as an aid and using Sharpies and watercolors.

ATC (Artist Trading Cards) will be introduced to students in the July 24 class. These are small cards that they will print using Gelli plates. Each student will make 12 cards and then trade 6 of them with other students. Thomason’s class on July 25 will feature a bunny that they will draw using templates and then outline with a Sharpie and paint with watercolor.

To register your child for classes, you may drop by the Ferguson Building during regular business hours. Permission forms must be filled out at least 15 minutes before the class starts. For information on the camp or to apply for a scholarship to attend classes, contact Barbara Nyden at (417) 855-0505.

For more information on the Willow Springs Arts Council, visit them on Facebook or on the website at All activities of the Arts Council are sponsored by local donations and in part by the Missouri Arts Council.


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