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Art Gallery of Swift Current offering young people a wonderful learning opportunity

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The Art Gallery of Swift Current is presenting a new summer art program for children between the ages of eight to 11 years in August.
The Summer Art Studio will take place from Aug. 14-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


Morghie Flaterud, the programming assistant at the art gallery, said there will be various activities in an indoor studio setting and at outdoor locations.
“It’s a nice little studio program where it will take place all day and we’ll do a lot of different activities,” she mentioned.
Children will be able to explore the world of art through the use of different materials and techniques, including painting, India ink, felting and sculpture. They will create fun projects, but at the same time they will be learning about colour and the techniques of famous artists.
“We’re supposed to be making art, but at the same time I’m hoping to incorporate some actual art lessons in there,” she said. “We’re going to learn about colour theory, contrasting colours, the colour wheel and we’re going to be learning about famous artists throughout history and having a little bit of art history, and also using some techniques that famous artists in the past have used as well. So it will be a mix of fun and a little bit of education too.”
The indoor and outdoor activities will take place on alternate days to make the program interesting and to keep participants engaged.
“The thing is if it’s really nice outside, you don’t want to be stuck in a studio all day,” she said. “This is supposed to be fun. We’re not in school.”
The Summer Art Studio will include trips to Rush Lake and Herbert to interact with different artists.
In Rush Lake, children will create art with Marsha Schuld, a visual artist who works in a variety of media. In Herbert, they will do projects with mixed media artist Maria Enns and alpaca fibre artist Hedi Gossweiler, who will show them how to wet felt.
Flaterud believes youngsters will benefit from exposure to various art activities during the Summer Art Studio.
“I think it’s very important that kids get introduced to art because it introduces them to things they might be interested in later on,” she said. “Maybe we will introduce some new materials and the kids will absolutely love it and that will really inspire a passion for art.”
The art gallery’s aim is to inspire an interest in culture and art, which can happen at any age.
“At this age, I think they’re a little more ready to start learning actual concepts, which is why I’m going to try and include some of the colour theory and a little bit of art history just to get the ball rolling,” she said. “I actually had a lot of parents talk to me in the past and say: ‘I sense potential in my child but how do I push them to go further with that?’ That’s kind of what I’m starting to do with this camp here. If the kids already have an interest in art, chances are they could really go far with it.”
Registration is already open for the Summer Art Studio.
The final date for registration is Aug. 5, but parents are advised to register their children as soon as possible because there has already been significant interest in the program.
The program fee is $125, which will cover the cost of art materials, transportation and teaching costs.
The fee does not include meals and children have to bring their own bagged lunches and snacks.
For more information or to register, contact the Art Gallery of Swift Current at 306-778-2736.

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