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Young artists learn basics of the craft
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The Southern Heartland Gallery on the square is offering four art camps for students entering first grade through the age of 12-years-old.

There will be two camps based on the same skill level for the kids. The Green Session camps will be on June 11-14 and again on July 9-12 while the Blue Session camps will be on June 25-28 and again on July 16-19. Parents have the option of choosing which camp to send their children to. All camps will start promptly at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Artist Ann Wildmon started the camp six years ago before there was a gallery to have it in.

"It started out in people's homes and we would just travel to the different places in order to do the camp," Wildmon said. "Since then it has grown into something much larger."

Wildmon started doing two camps in order to have parents be able to send their kids to more than one art camp during the summer.

"The Green and Blue sessions will each have different lesson plans for those who want to attend both sessions," she said.

Students will be participating in a new project every day, and will be able to take home their art work daily as well. Wildmon plans on teaching the students how to paint, do wire art, and how to collage.

"We don't want to just teach them how to do crafts, but we also want to teach them the actual art skills that will stick with them a lifetime," she continued. "We want to teach them the fundamentals behind every piece in order to inspire them that they can be artists someday all on their own."

There are 80 spots available for each summer camp. Those interested can sign up their children at the gallery at 1132 Monticello Street Southwest Covington 30014 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by calling the gallery at (770) 788-8799. There will be a $10 dollar discount from now until May 1 off of the cost of each child to attend the camp. There is also a 15 percent discount off the tuition for each additional child a family enrolls in classes. Registration is available by mail by downloading a registration form from and mailing a check or submitting a credit card number and expiration date. Spots are available on a first come first serve bases. Registration will end once all the spots are filled.

There will be an adolescent and adult class over the summer as well. For more information visit the website above.

"We are looking forward to having people in the community join us for the day to partake in creating art and memories that will last a lifetime," Wildmon said.