Fostering artist growth


TORRINGTON – Cartoon figures were imagined and created at Eastern Wyoming College’s Graphic Arts Camp.

“I thought the camp was really fun,” 11-year-old artist Luke Hansen said.

Hansen, along with nine other young artists, took part in the four-day camp held on EWC’s Torrington Campus. The camp ran Monday, June 20-Thursday, June 23.

The young artists created graphic art novels from start to finish, EWC art instructor Beth Martin said.

“The goal of the camp was to teach kids a little about art,” Martin said. “It’s all about fostering artistic growth early on.”

The camp was part of the Kids’ College offered during the month of June through EWC’s Community Outreach program. The Kids’ College offers students opportunities to explore different topics, according to EWC Community Education Director Donna White.

“We had 10 young artists take part in the Graphics Arts Camp,” White said. The different camps have averaged about 10-12 students with camps ranging from math and science, to theater, tennis, drivers’ education, games camp, and a Junior Vet Teach camp.

The campers at the graphic arts camp came up with their own ideas, sketching out those ideas, brought together their books, and then created their characters.

“My novel was about a robot who tries to destroy a city, but his plan backfires,” Hansen said.

Natalia Closs’ book was titled “Mocha and Ash.” The camp she said, “was fun. I meet a lot of people and I really like art.”

“They were a great group and we had a lot fun,” Martin said of those who attended this year’s Graphic Arts Camp.

On Friday EWC and Goshen County Theatre began the Youth Theatre Workshop. The workshop will work on “Shelebration” as part of the Kids’ College activities. The public presentation of the “Shelebration” will take place Thursday, June 30 in the EWC Fine Arts Auditorium.

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