by TANIAH TUDOR

Press Argus-Courier Staff

Enrollment is open for the Center For Art and Education’s 2015 summer art camps.

The Center For Art and Education in Van Buren is hosting a variety of art camps this summer, including Art-A-Rama, Wee-Draw for children ages 3-5 and the Wonderful World of Art camps which take place throughout the area.

Joyce Bowman with the CAE organized this year’s camps and said art is an important part of children’s learning experience.

"Art activities give kids a well-rounded view of the life. It gives them creative thinking skills," Bowman said. "As they mature in to adults they appreciate art and have a joy for doing art."

Children and parents can select one of the week-long camps from a variety of art themes, each of which has been designed by an artist to teach children how to express themselves confidently and creatively, Bowman said.

Kids will receive individual attention and encouragement throughout the program, Bowman said. Lessons allow students to experience a wide range of media and to learn the elements of art, she said.

Art-A-Rama will have five weeks of camps. Morning sessions of the camps are at CAE and are from 10 a.m. to noon. Afternoon session of the camps are at Brick City Emporium in Fort Smith and are 1-3 p.m.

Camps are July 6-10 - Learn How to Draw; July 20-24 - Making Art 3D Style; and July 27-31 - Scissors, Tape and Glue Everything.

Two camps will be held July 13-17, with one camp having both morning and afternoon sessions at the CAE. In the morning is Hands On Digital Photography and the afternoon is Screen Printing. Students must sign up for both sessions.

Jennifer Willis Seward is returning to teach the special double camp at CAE, Bowman said.

"The kids who have had her just love her," Bowman said. "She does a wonderful program and it’s well worth the money."

A separate camp Playing With Paint will be held at Brick City July 13-17 in the afternoons.

Costs for Art-A-Rama camps are $100 for the week, and $200 for the special week of double camp at the CAE. The camps are for ages 6-14 and "dirty duds" are required.

Wee-Draw will be held at Brick City Emporium June 9, 11, 16, and 18 at 3215 South 74th Street in Fort Smith from 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. The camp is for ages 3 - 5 and cost is $15 per child per day.

Children will learn about the preschool elements of art such as line, shape, color and texture as they draw, paint and create. Parents must stay with their child during the Wee-Draw classes.

Wonderful World of Art camps begin in June. This year’s theme is Hooray for Heroes! Students will enjoy a week learning about super heroes, cartoon creators and commercial art as they paint, sculpt and draw their way through the many aspects of Pop Art.

Wonderful World camps are for ages 6-14 and cost is $20 per child for one week. New sessions have been added to the Van Buren camps, Bowman said.

"We always have a waiting list, so we’re trying to accommodate more students here in Van Buren," Bowman said.

Camps are June 8-12 at Mulberry First Methodist Church 9 a.m. to noon; June 15-19 at the Alma Library 9 a.m. to noon and the Alma Boys and Girls Club 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; June 22-26 at Van Buren Public Library 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; June 29-July 3 at a location yet to be announced; July 6-10 at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Student Service and Conference Center 9 a.m. to noon; July 13-17 at Greenwood High School art room 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; July 20-24 at Fort Smith Stephen’s Boys & Girls Club 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and July 27-31 at Cedarville Public Library 9 a.m. to noon.

To enroll in these classes, call (479) 474-7767 or e-mail registration to owen@art-ed.org. Full payment is required to reserve your space.