Kids display creativity

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Ash Setterholm tries out his paper mask. Setterhold said his goal was to create mask that was a hybrid of a wolf and a Christmas tree.

NEW ULM — The Grand Center for Arts and Culture held its final Children’s Creativity Camp of the summer.

This is the fourth year The Grand has hosted creativity camps. Multiple sessions are held each summer. The camps provide a chance for kindergarten through seventh-graders to learn artistic styles.

Wednesday the kindergarten through third graders created paper masks. Instructor Kay Burnett Martin was able to teach the students about symmetry. Students needed to understand symmetry to cut mask eye holes in the correct place.

Students also learned the art of pastry decorations. Instructor Rhonda Johnson showed the students how to use frosting tools on cookies.

Instructor Ed Fornberg led a class in “pop” art, a three-dimensional art style where words and images are cut out and placed and attached to backgrounds. To match the media and theme, students wrote interjections and onomatopoeia words as the subjects of the pieces.

Grand program manager Tamara Furth said this year’s creativity camps went over well with strong attendance. The last week of creativity camp had 40 students participating.

“I think kids and parents were excited to have something to do this summer,” Furth said.

The creativity camp offered a great deal of variety. The students learned about multiple art styles from multiple instructors.

Camps are expected to continue next summer at The Grand.


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