Children create colorful casual wear at art camp

Published 4:04 pm Monday, July 24, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Wearable art was the focus of this year’s Chilton County Arts Council Art Camp.

Council member Maria Hosmer and council president Sue Anne Hoyt taught students about screen printing and painting T-shirts, as well as resist techniques.

“Kids just tend to be more creative,” Hoyt said. “I think I learn as much from them as they do from me. I enjoy seeing that.”

Hosmer said the process of creating the shirt designs will give the campers a greater appreciation for other artists work.

“They can have something they can wear and say, ‘I made it,'” Hosmer said. “It’s more unique than something they can buy.”

Campers had a number of tools at their disposal to experiment with creating a textured look. Markers or glue was used to draw an outline and details, keeping the paint from covering those areas.

Camper Catherine Stone, an incoming fifth-grade student, said she chose a tiger design from the options because she has “always liked tigers.”

Blending yellow and brown, Stone said she wanted to use a natural color for the animal.

Stone said she enjoys doing pencil drawings of animals.

Kyle Winton, an incoming fifth-grade student, said it took him a while to decide which design he wanted for his T-shirt.

“I liked the sting ray and I also liked the shark,” Kyle Winton said.

He combined the two templates on one shirt for an underwater theme.

Kyle Winton said he enjoys abstract art.

Since she is a dancer, Cara Winton, an incoming seventh-grade student, chose a ballerina silhouette for her design.

She said she likes art because “it doesn’t have to be like someone else’s. You can create new things.” Her favorite type is abstract art.

The shirts were painted with acrylic paint and must dry overnight before they can be worn.