Kids Creativity Camp to be held at William Woods University

Katie Scherder, a William Woods education student, helps Emma Fennel with her project during last summer’s Kemper Kids Summer Creativity Camp at William Woods University.
Katie Scherder, a William Woods education student, helps Emma Fennel with her project during last summer’s Kemper Kids Summer Creativity Camp at William Woods University.

Children in mid-Missouri will have an opportunity to express their artistic side through fun activities during the Kemper Kids Summer Creativity Camp in July at William Woods University.

The camp for children 5 to 12 will be hosted by the Mildred M. Cox Gallery and held in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. Campers will be grouped by age: 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

“Kemper Kids is more than just an art camp,” Jennifer Sain, gallery coordinator and program director, said. “Children learn through hands-on projects, play and collaboration.”

The camp will consist of two weeklong sessions, running Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Youngsters can choose to attend either or both sessions. Before-care will be offered 8 to 9 a.m. Monday-Friday, and after-care will be available 4 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday for $25 per week or $7 per day as needed.

Stephanie Strother and Corey Blackburn, both WWU alumni and local area teachers, will teach classes at the camps this year. They will be

Ellie Sain draws cats during last summer’s Kemper Kids Summer Creativity Camp.
Ellie Sain draws cats during last summer’s Kemper Kids Summer Creativity Camp.

assisted by William Woods students, Samantha DeBrodie and Jennifer Martin, art education majors, and Jasmine Meurer, a graphic design major.

Session one, “Go Green, Get Messy” runs July 14-18. Children will learn to sculpt, paint and up cycle recycled items, using their imaginations. They will also experience messy fun art, such as tie-dye and spray paint.

The second session, “Around the World,” runs July 21-25. Youngsters will create traditional artwork in a variety of mediums from Around the World and learn how people in other countries make art and also learn about their customs.

At the end of each weekly session, the children’s artwork will be displayed in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery and a reception for family and friends will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

The fee for each session is $155 and includes all arts and crafts materials, a camp t-shirt, snacks and drinks. William Woods employees receive a 15 percent discount. When paid in full by June 11, a pre-pay discount of $20 will be applied for those attending both weeks of camp.

Parents can mail, email, call in or drop off their child’s registration form. The drop-off box is located in the lobby of the arts center. For more information, contact Sain at (573) 592-4245 or jennifer.sain@williamwoods.edu.