Mint Hill Arts announces summer camp line-up


by Kara Lopp






MINT HILL – Growing up in New Jersey, Laura Sussman-Randall was surrounded by art.



Her mom taught at a community arts center, and she and her sister took classes there. Now the Matthews resident, who is president of the nonprofit Mint Hill Arts, is working to bring similar experiences to children here.



That process continues with summer camps at the organization’s new gallery and air-conditioned classroom space at 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in southern Mecklenburg County.



“Until I left, I didn’t realize that not every kid had opportunities like that,” Sussman-Randall said of her childhood art experience. “It was just there, and we really took it for granted.”



With a goal to provide “stimulating educational activities throughout the summer,” Mint Hill Arts has expanded its summer camp to include classes for teens this year, Sussman-Randall said. All camp instructors are professional artists who have adopted a “kid-centric” view for their sessions, she said.



“Our camps are stimulating but have real serious art principles behind the fun that will hopefully stay with them forever,” she said. “We are a community arts center and a resource for the kids. It’s a place to go like I did in New Jersey.”



Camp registration and a full camp schedule are available online at www.minthillarts.org. For more information, call 980-226-5532.



Here’s a list of some of the camps offered this summer at Mint Hill Arts:



Tuesdays



• Fine art is fun!, ages 6 to 11



June 14 to July 12 (no July 5 class); July 19 to Aug. 9, 3:30 to 4:25 p.m.; $40
Let the glitter fly! Kid-friendly art materials are the key to introducing fine art and history of art concepts.



• Fine art studio for teens, 12 and older



June 14 to July 12 (no July 5 class); July 19 to Aug. 9, 4:30 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.; $40
The place for the aspiring young artist. Students will learn basic concepts of fine art while expressing their individuality. Exposure to a variety of materials and examples from art history.



Wednesdays



• Landscapes, seascapes, ages 7 to 10; 11 and older



June 15 to July 27 (no July 6 class), 10 to 10:55 a.m.; 11 to 11:55 a.m.; 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. or 4:30 to 5:25 p.m.; $60
Learn the principles of art through the study of land and seascapes. We will learn about horizon lines, perspective, repetition, shadows, values, colors and incorporate some animals and/or sea life into our creations.



• Clay class, ages 7 to 10; 11 and older



June 15 to July 27 (no July 6 class), 10 to 10:55 a.m.; 11 to 11:55 a.m.; 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. or 4:30 to 5:25 p.m.; $90
We will make pottery using the slab hand building method, coiling and sculpting. By the end of the six weeks, each child will have at least six projects.



Thursdays



• Act it out with favorite fairy tale characters, ages 6 to 11



June 16 to July 28 (no July 7 class), 10 to 10:55 a.m., 3:30 to 4:25 p.m.; $60
Using favorite fairy tales and  stories, have fun as you learn basic acting skills (pantomime, improvisation) while playing different characters. We will share what we have learned with families on the last day of class.



• Read it, block it, act it out, 12 and older



June 16 to July 28 (no July 7 class), 11 to 11:55 a.m.; 4:30 to 5:25 p.m.; $60
Take a break from texting and have some fun acting out your favorite scenes. Select from a variety of age-appropriate skits. We will share what we have learned with families on the last day of class.



• Meet the masters, ages 5 to 9; 10 and older



July 14 to Aug. 18, 2 to 2:55 p.m.; 3 to 3:55 p.m.; $50
Making art history fun! Learn about six of history’s greatest artists and their most famous pieces and complete your own art piece using inspiration from those artists.