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The weather is warming up and that’s our clue that 2017 summer is just around the corner. For me it’s a time of organizing and taking inventory of my art supplies, brushing up on my graphic design skills for posters and flyers to promote my art camp and  best part of all, getting lots of really creative art projects lined up. If you’re looking for a high quality art camp experience in the Ormond Beach area, then these camps are definitely the way to go. Summer ART Camp at St James Episcopal church is a very happy, positive environment where each student is free to express their creativity and given accolades for trying their best. Each week of camp I make it my priority to have the children experiment with a wide variety of mediums as they create their colorful gallery of art. This I hope will make for a lifelong love of art

This summer I’m offering eight weeks of camp to children 6-12 years old. I’ve been teaching art in Ormond Beach, Fla for the past 18 years and each year gets better and better. Many of the children I’ve taught in past summers will return again this summer. with so many returning students, I won’t be repeating past art projects.  This summer’s art project ideas are fresh and exciting.  seventeen years of teaching art equals lots of great relationships with so many wonderful families. I alwas look froward to seeing how tall past camp children have grown and of course, I love getting to know some new little faces too.

As always, I will have several teen volunteers on hand. The teen volunteers always make camp run smoothly. Best of all, many of my teen volunteers are former art campers so they know the ropes. Also returning again this summer are several volunteers who are currently attending college, majoring in art. The camp children always delight in seeing the fabulous art these college students have created during the school year and bring to camp to share. I’m blessed to have such talented volunteers.

The topics this summer lend themselves to an abundance of creativity. This summer I will be teaching cool lifelong lessons in a camp designed for giving back. One week the children will learn how to draw animals, another week we will create imaginative fashion design, and for the sports fan we will use a sports theme for a week of art projects. A favorite for so many, back by popular demand is the Beach themed week.

I love what I do. Summer ART Camp is always the highlight of my year so consequently, it’s my happy place. I pour my whole self into it. Here’s to another summer of laughter with abandon, beautiful , long lazy days and the making of legendary art!

Make ART, be happy!

Gretchen

Kids Art Supplies on a Budget

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Kids Art Supplies on a Budget

What can you do if you want to encourage your children’s creativity and provide them with art supplies and art activities, but your budget is bare bones? When it’s a struggle to simply pay the bills and get food on the table, the idea of shelling out money for art supplies can be far fetched (yes, I’ve been there).

So, what to do?

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19 Daily Habits of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on 19 Daily Habits of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity

Suffering from creative block? An article from Huffington Post breaks down nineteen ways to get out of your funk!shutterstock_163180895

You don’t have to be a famous painter or sculptor to sympathize with the pains of creative block. Whether it comes on like a giant smack in the face or creeps up on you like a shiver down your spine, we’ve all dealt with the woes of being stuck. You second guess yourself, you dance around ideas and you feel like progress is miles away, all while the joys of creating take a back seat to the pressures we associate with success.

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Keep Your Kids Drawings Forever With the Artkive App

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Keep Your Kids Drawings Forever With the Artkive App

artkiveMoms, you must download the ArtKive app! Keep your children’s art organized and archived forever!

Artkive Works like this:
1. Create an account and add the first names and grades of your children
2. Take photos of their artwork or upload from your camera roll
3. Tag your photo with the child’s name, grade, date, and title
4. Share with family and friends or turn your Artkive into a book or other great products

Read more about Artkive and how to download here.

Don’t forget if you live in Volusia and Flagler counties, Summer Art Camp with artist Gretchen Neal starts June 9th! Get registration and more information here.

Register online at www.gretchenneal.com