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Kids create at camp

Greta Benz (left) and Jaci Johnson begin work on a weaving project. Benz starts out with white thread and Johnson favors deep blue.

NEW ULM — A colorful week of imagination and creativity started Monday.

The Children’s Creativity Day Camp will run through Thursday, June 13, at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture.

This is the second year The Grand has hosted this art-themed day camp. Instructor Rhonda Johnson said they have twice as many youth students as last year. The Grand might expand camp offerings next year.

In addition to Johnson, instructors Beth Sletta and Ed Fornberg led students in a variety of art activities including ceramics, paper making, wire quilt construction, pour paint art, weaving, origami, and other projects.

The camp will feature different projects each day, but others will carry on to the next day. Sletta said later in the week students will use the paper they created and bind a book. The wire quilting project will be connected and displayed as one large camp project.

As the camp continues over the next week, visitors to The Grand will be able to see some of the work. The back of The Grand will feature several garden-themed projects, including painted rocks and garden stakes. The garden stakes will be fish shapes painted by the kids.

Another interesting art addition to The Grand is the giant butterfly wing mural. The mural was painted by Johnson and her daughter Sage Lehman over the course of 12 hours. The two began working on it at 2 p.m. Sunday and finished around 2 a.m.

A person can stand between the wings for a photo shoot. Each of the kids in the day camp had their photo taken between the wings.

Johnson said the wings will remain on display at The Grand for a Woodstock themed event later in the summer.

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