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PHOTO GALLERY: Students imagine at Shepard Elementary music, art camp

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 6:26 p.m. CDT; updated 6:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 30, 2011
Third- to sixth-graders learn to play guitar at Shepard Elementary School. Two art classes and two music classes are being offered to approximately 100 students.

COLUMBIA — Campers are wrapping up two weeks of art and music camp at Shepard Elementary School with the theme "The 'I' in imagination," where campers were encouraged to ask "What if?" and "Why not?" as they explored music and arts.

The campers studied African drums and creative movement. They made scepters, a labyrinth and huts from collected twigs that became inspiration for a skit written and performed with musical sound effects, all designed by the students. 

Five students were recommended by teachers and principals from each of Columbia's elementary schools to participate in the invitation-only arts camp, which is in its second year.

Mackenzie Renken watches her fellow campers performance of "The Bird's Revenge" from one of the huts made during the arts camp at the Shepard Elementary School on Thursday June 30, 2011. Five fourth- and fifth-grade students from each of Columbia's elementary schools were chosen by teachers and administration to be invited to the two-week long camp.
Scepters made by the students at Shepard Elementary School Arts Camp await the student performance during the two-week camp on Thursday. The camp is wrapping up the two weeks and will have a performance, written and performed by the students for their parents at 6:30pm.
Children play the drums during music class at Shepard Elementary's art camp.
Kate-Conley Hughes and Chelsea Deters dance together with their classmates in music class at Shepard Elementary School.

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