Art Gallery offers a variety of creative opportunities for summer

COVINGTON — Summer vacation is here, and students interested in artistic endeavors can join the Southern Heartland Art Gallery for a few camp sessions.

Rising first-graders through students age 12 can sign up for Arty Art Camp, held in two different sessions, but at the same skill level. Green Sessions will be June 9 through 12, and July 7 through 10, while Blue Sessions will be on June 23 through 26, and July 14 through 17. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic on the Square, with weather permitting. Cost is $165 per student, and a 15 percent discount will be given to each additional child of the same family attending.

A new feature of the camp this year for artists ages 7 to 18, the one-day Wild Art Pop-up Camp sessions will be held on five separate Fridays throughout the summer. On June 13, 20 and 27, and July 11 and 18, students will have the opportunity to explore a different topic each week on an in-depth level. The topics include the basics of drawing, clay basics, acrylic painting for beginners, pop-art/abstract art and oil painting for beginners. The cost is $50 per day, and students are expected to bring a sack lunch.

Serious Young Artists will probe several different mediums of art including pastel, watercolor, gouache, pigmented inks, acrylic gels, modeling paste and glazes. This will be an advanced study with Elise Hammond, a local art teacher who has been teaching for more than 45 years. The classes will be held in two different sessions — June 16 to 19, and July 21 to 24. The cost is $75 per day, or $250 for the entire four-day session.

Adults have not been forgotten by the Art Gallery, with the weekly Community Paint Party held every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be free and open to the public, and those attending can bring their own supplies. Artist instructor Linda Pfllug will be there for tips and advice. Additionally, adults are welcome to join Just Paint on the Square every Saturday evening. The cost for this is $35 per person, and each person attending should bring their own supplies.

Camp director Ann Wildmon said that the classes are already about half full.

“It’s filling up fast,” said Wildmon. “Sign up soon, it’s nice and cool in there. Beat the heat and come have fun!”

For more information and to reserve a spot, students and adults can call the Art Gallery at 770-788-8799.