Kudos Art Studio was filled with 24 young faces Tuesday morning for their first day of Spring Break Art Camp. The popular camp, which is full, not only offered children a creative outlet, but gave them some educational insight into some of the work they were creating.
“We’re learning a little bit about Aboriginal art (today),” said Caitie Quezada, who lead the class.
Aged five to 13, the class was a mix of genders and personalities. One young man told the class he was born a wolf and expressed interest in making something to do with his true birth. Perhaps the class will tackle land animals on another day, as they spent Tuesday morning exploring creatures of the sea, painting a shark and a mermaid.
Quezada, who also teaches art at Amarillo Montessori Academy, said the art camp is four days of learning through painting, drawing and making collages. She said there was no theme to the art work they’d be creating during the week, she just wanted the kids to be creative and learn.
“Since we’re a painting studio, we’ll paint at least one painting per day,” she said. “Art teaches all kinds of skills for life — creativity, how to be patient, how to share, how to think outside the box and how to express their ideas about themselves and their lives.”
Sara Beth Davis, art camp assistant, praised Quezada’s teaching style.
“She’s really good at incorporating different techniques of art and different styles and teaching the kids too,” she said.
Davis, who is also a third-grade teacher at Eastridge Elementary School, said art helps students flourish.
“Art is awesome because it activates different parts of your brain. It activates things you don’t get to use on an everyday basis with academics. Art kind of opens up a new side of their brain. It gets the imagination going, it gets them exploring and the creative juices start flowing.”
According to the National Endowment for the Arts, “arts education is vital to developing America’s next generation of creative and innovative thinkers. Students who participate in the arts are better prepared to be fulfilled, responsible citizens who can make a profound impact on this world … compared with their peers who lack access to arts experiences.”
At the end of the week, the students will leave the camp with eight finished works of art. Look at kudosartstudio.com for a full list of the studio’s events.