Kemper Kids enjoy Christmas in the Woods

Hope Craighead and Bella Webb discuss their next craft.
Hope Craighead and Bella Webb

Children ages 5-12 enjoyed a holiday art camp, “Christmas in the Woods,” Dec. 5 in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts at William Woods University.

WWU students Jennifer Iffrig, Heather Cartwright and Robin Powell helped the participants, called Kemper Kids, create Christmas-related crafts to take home. The camp was directed by Nicole Petrescu, coordinator of the Mildred Cox Gallery at WWU.

WWU student Heather Cartwright helps Emerson Fansler with her project.
WWU student Heather Cartwright helps Emerson Fansler.

Petrescu said she believes art is an important part of a child’s life.

“Art is very relaxing to the children and that creativity carries over to any other field they experience in school,” she said.

Siblings Reiland and Marley Mayfield work together.
Reiland and Marley Mayfield

Petrescu says her favorite part of organizing the art camps is the time spent with the campers.

“Not getting ready, not preparing for the camp but during the camp,” Petrescu said. “The enjoyment that I see on their faces and their accomplishment.”