Registration open for summer art camps for all ages

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The DCA will offer art classes for children and teens as well as for adults. (Photo courtesy of Downriver Council for the Arts)

Summer art camps will cover topics like drawing, painting, singing, sewing and more. (Photo courtesy of Downriver Council for the Arts)

The Downriver Council for the Arts will be running summer art camps starting the week of July 18. (Photo courtesy of Downriver Council for the Arts)

Summer is just around the corner, and parents will soon be looking for activities for their children. The Downriver Council for the Arts is offering several art camps for young artists and creative students who wish to develop their artistic talents, have fun with classmates and make new friends during the summer months.

The camp season kicks off the week of July 18 and will offer week-long camps through the week of August 22.

The DCA offers a unique blend of art classes for children ages 6 to 10 and teens ages 11 to 15 in different mediums. Students can learn drawing techniques, acrylic painting, watercolor, how to make fashionable jewelry, become an actor or singer for a week, become fashionistas, learn the basics of sewing and much more.

Some of the teachers been teaching art camps for several years here, and the DCA welcomes a number of new ones this season.

Betty Borza is returning to the DCA this year to teach a drawing camp. Students will learn drawing techniques using various pencils, blenders and erasers to gain knowledge of realistic drawing.

Borza is a K-12 art teacher at Baptist Park and Monart. She is trained and certified in the Monart method, which teaches visual perception and realistic drawing skills, and is also part owner of Art & About which holds painting classes for small group get-togethers.

Kelley Daley will be teaching "Creative Hand Sewing" where young artists will learn how to make simple creations like sachets, scrappy heart pins, stuffed animals and more.

Daley has enjoyed sewing most of her life and teaches both hand and machine sewing. She runs after school sewing clubs and weeklong sewing camps for students as well as adults throughout the year.

The DCA has a few new camps this year.

Sunshine Durant, new to the DCA camp staff, will introduce classes for both youth and t eens. She is an accomplished art teacher with experience in a variety of art mediums. Continued...

Don't Yuck My Yum is a fun class using food as art. She will also be teaching Star Wars classes, which will guide young Jedi's to create Star Wars characters using mixed media.

Teens will also learn graffiti techniques in her Street Smart Art Camp and will learn new and exciting ways to use canvas in her DIY Canvas Camp. Youth campers will adore her Enchanted Fairy Renaissance Camp where they will create fairy doors, dragon wings and a variety of fairy art including a lightening bug jar.

A favorite among many past campers is Elroy Grandy's Building with Clay Camp for youth. Grandy has been teaching summer art camps for many years and the children always enjoy his fun class working with clay.

Grandy is a multimedia artist whose extreme passion is sculpting in clay. He is the owner of Grandy Graphics and currently operates his ceramics manufacturing facility in Wyandotte.

Donna Hinson, who has been teaching art classes at the DCA for several years, is o ffering a variety of classes including Painting with the Masters, Earth to Art and Sculpting.

Hinson lives in Grosse Ile and works and teaches at her studios in both Grosse Ile and Wyandotte. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections and in galleries in several states.

Mick Mastal joins the camp staff this year and is teaching Creative Drawing for teens where students will learn the artistic drawing techniques to create unique designs in Steampunk, Zentangle, Mandala and more.

Mastal concentrates mostly on drawing, painting and hand engraving for visual arts. Mastal is also part of the Picks and Bow musical band who perform at many local events.

Also new to the DCA camp staff this year is Jeremy St. Martin who offers an Improv Camp. Campers will learn comic timing, scene building and many other improv games and techniques.

There will be a showcase on the last day of camp. Continued...

St. Martin has extensive training in improv and vocal musical. He is the music director for Go Comedy as well as a performer.

This is Randall Tanner's second year teaching Acrylic Camp and this year he has added an advanced class. His painting class was very successful last year and students created some amazing artwork.

Tanner is a self-taught artist who started painting under the direction of the late Gloria Dunn. He continued his learning under Kenneth Barbb, who he claims brought out his true painting voice.

You will find him most days at his art studio at the DCA where he continues his passion for fine arts.

Tamara Walters joins the art camp teaching staff this year and offers classes on Vocal Music and Theatre. She is a highly trained musician with an extensive background in musical theatre.

Campers who sign up for these classes will perform a showcase at the end of camps for family and friends.

Sara Wilkins is also new to the DCA camp s taff this year. She will be teaching the Eco-Chic Jewelry Camp.

In this camp, students will learn about basic jewelry making techniques as a design and will create jewelry from natural and upcycled materials. Her creative arts include sewing, macramé, tie-dyeing, collage and mixed media.

Cheryl Zemke, local award winning fashion designer, is back this year teaching Little Miss and Teen Runway camps. These are fun camps for young fashionistas and students will put on a fashion show for family and friends the last day of camp.

Zemke will also be teaching the Mixed Media Nautical Camp where students will create ocean adventures using a variety of supplies, as well as Steampunk & Stuff, Puppets and Sticks & Stones Camps. Continued...

The camps are $82 per week for non-members of the DCA and $70 per week for current members. Membership must be current at the time the camp is running and can be renewed upon registration if needed.

Lunch care is available for $5 per day for those students who sign up for morning and afternoon camps. The students may bring their own lunch but the DCA staff will supervise the hour between camps.

For the complete camp schedule and class descriptions, go to or call the DCA at 734-720-0671.

Registrations can be made over the phone with a credit card. All camps must be paid for at the time of registration.

Camp refunds are available up to one month prior to the start of camp. After that, there are no refunds unless the DCA cancels the camp for low enrollment.

Adult art classes also available

The DCA offers a variety of drop-in, on-going art classes for adults as well.

Local artist Darryl Froehlich teaches an acrylic and oi l class on Tuesday mornings. Artist Bruce Tims teaches watercolor and drawing classes during the week and offers an evening class on Wednesdays for all mediums.

Pastel artist Nancy Knapp is at the DCA on Wednesdays and so is Maureen Keast teaching watercolor. Mick Mastal teaches a drawing class on Friday mornings.

The DCA also has an open studio on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. for artists who want to drop-in and socialize with other artists.

If you are a current DCA member, there is no charge. There is a $10 fee for non-members.

Class prices range from $15 to $20. Check the website to make sure these classes are available, as some of the artists do not hold their classes during the summer months.

About DCA

The Downriver Council for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that promotes creative expression in artists of all ages within the local community and beyond. It is located in the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Cultural buildin g, 81 Chestnut Street, Wyandotte. For more information, to become a member or to volunteer, please visit or contact Lynn Campbell at 734-720-0671.

Source: Downriver Council for the Arts

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