The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, July 04, 2019, Page 9, Image 9

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‘IT’S WHAT WE DREAMED OF’
17th Annual Cannon Beach Summer Art Camp promises art for all in multiple mediums
By KATHERINE LACAZE
FOr COasT WEEKENd
T
he Cannon Beach Arts Association’s
annual Summer Art Camp has come
a long way since its humble begin-
nings in 2002, when about a dozen students
took the only class offered.
Yet the evolution of the camp to its current
form – featuring 17 classes available to doz-
ens of campers ages 3 to adults – wouldn’t
have been possible without the foundation
laid by former board members Barbara Tem-
ple Ayres and Kay Aya.
“It’s what we dreamed of,” Temple Ayres
said.
The 17th Annual Summer Art Camp takes
place July 8-12 at the Cannon Beach Com-
munity Church and Cannon Beach History
Center and Museum.
A Pop Up exhibition displaying camp-
er’s creations will be on view at the Can-
non Beach Gallery with an opening reception
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
Last year, about 100 campers attended the
camp, and organizers expect a similar turn-
out this year.
Classes are offered in both three- and five-
day sessions, and campers can select one
morning class, one afternoon class or one of
each for a full-day experience.
For the second year, the camp also offers
three adult-only class options.
The various instructors, many of whom
are professional artists or educators, are
assisted by volunteers from the association.
Temple Ayres and Aya, who were both
educators at the time, originally established
the camp as a way to support arts in the com-
munity and augment the association’s arts
education and outreach for young people.
During that same time, the association
was supporting a program to host mini work-
shops in the schools, but “it seemed there was
a need for a more in-depth experience,” Tem-
ple Ayres said.
Diversity in art
Arts Education Director Meagan Sokol
said she tries to offer a mixture of old and
new topics and instructors.
While the skills and techniques encom-
passed in the class offerings lean heavily
toward visual arts, providing the campers
with tangible artwork to take home, Sokol
said she is “big on the ‘s’ in arts” and ensur-
ing they include other areas, too.
Throughout the week, campers will be
Adam Taylor will lead a class on stop-motion art.
IF YOU GO
17TH SUMMER ART CAMP
When: July 8-12
Where: Cannon Beach Community Church
and Cannon Beach history Center and
Museum
Details: Classes in painting, 3d
mask-masking, fiber arts, yoga, stop-mo-
tion animation, printmaking, basket-weav-
ing, comic book design and collage
creation. scholarships are available.
register at cannonbeacharts.org/summer-
artcamp2019, email artcamp@cannon-
beacharts.org or call 971-361-9308.
engaged in painting, 3D mask-masking, fiber
arts, yoga, stop-motion animation, printmak-
ing, basket-weaving, comic book design and
collage creation.
The camp is designed to be family
friendly, with many classes offered for chil-
dren ages 8 or 9 to adults to support everyone
developmentally, Sokol said.
Temple Ayres instructs sketchbook mak-
ing, which can be technical and challeng-
ing, particularly for young children. She wel-
comes the presence of adults in her class, but
also takes immense joy in working with the
adolescent campers.
A camper paints a self portrait during last
year’s Summer Art Camp.
“I love being around kids,” Temple Ayres
said. “I love their humor and their enthusiasm
and learning something new.”
A camp for everyone
Organizers are focused on making the
camp accessible and welcoming to artists of
all ages. They also offer scholarships.
Bilingual Summer Art Camp Assistant
Andrea Suarez, who joined the team last year,
translates print materials and offers onsite
support for bilingual campers.
Suarez recalls a particularly rewarding
experience last summer when she went into
A young camper proudly exhibits her work
during a pop-up exhibit held at the Cannon
Beach Gallery in conjunction with the
Summer Art Camp. This year’s gallery exhibit
of work by the campers opens July 13.
a classroom on a Thursday and, upon speak-
ing a few words in Spanish, was able to spark
up a lengthy conversation with some preteen
campers who were previously shy.
“I thought, ‘I should have done this on
Monday, these kids would have been talking
up a storm,’” she said.
Suarez hopes her presence and bilingual
abilities help make campers feel comfortable,
supported and motivated to return in future
years.
Sokol agreed, adding it’s another way to
create an inclusive environment.
“We’ve been reaching out to individuals
from all different walks of life to say, ‘Hey,
how can we support you?’” she said. “We
want everyone to be involved that would like
to come and make some art.”
This year, organizers are also adding a
“chill zone” to the outdoor space used for
breaks to address the needs of campers with
hyper-sensory sensitivity who may feel
overwhelmed by the crowds and activities
throughout the week.
For young campers, seeing their art dis-
played in a real gallery at the end of the camp
“brings a sense of pride and confidence,”
Sokol said. “It’s a really important part of the
summer art camp experience.” CW