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Budding artists learn techniques at camp

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 6:31 p.m. CDT
The Columbia Art League's "Who Am I" summer day camp for children between the ages of 10 and 13 ran for its second day Wednesday at the Calvary Episcopal Church. The budding artists completed several projects throughout the day that dealt with identity and expression.

COLUMBIA — “That’s a wombat, a unicorn, a robot dog named Bruce and a fire blob, and the unicorn doesn’t need a fox-hat!” Ethan Rastorfer, 11, said.

When asked to create an animal that he would like to be if he wasn’t human, Rastorfer created the four fantastical animals as he saw them in his imagination.

The Columbia Art League "Who Am I" summer day camp for kids between the ages of 10 and 13 ran for its second day Wednesday at Calvary Episcopal Church.

The children completed several art projects throughout the day that dealt with identity and expression. The projects were wide-ranging, including abstract paintings, in which campers were encouraged to express themselves without using recognizable objects or shapes, clay animals, face masks and more.

All of the projects deal with discovering and identifying self-identity, teacher Parker Johnson said.

In many cases, the kids end up being quite creative.

“I didn’t make my animals from a cartoon or anything,” Rastorfer said. “I just made what I saw in my head.”


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