Summer art camps explore stories and sasquatch

From storytelling exploration to appreciation societies for sasquatches, this year's summer day camps at the Kamloops Art Gallery offer a variety of artistic outlets to explore.

"It's going to be a good time for everybody," Marlaina Buch, the gallery's education and public programs co-ordinator, said Tuesday.

The art gallery's day camps are inspired by the city's diverse arts and culture and give children aged four to 12 a chance to explore the exhibits currently on display at the KAG.

This summer Re-Story: Works from the Permanent Collection and local artist Emily Hope's The Wild Man Appreciation Society are highlighted, with students given the opportunity to explore these exhibits in his or her own way, said Buch.

"What we're trying to get across with the camps is different storytelling methods, moving from narrative, which is more straight forward, into collaborative storytelling," she said.

Re-Story explores a re-telling, re-dress, re-vision of dominant storylines while Hope's Wild Man Appreciation Society looks at mankind's feral double of popular cultures.

Using gallery tours and interactive activities, instructors Brenna Stonehocker and Stephanie Patsula put the material in an artistic and social context while showing the children how to create their own projects through painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital art.

"The kids are getting a lot of information," said Buch.

Classes for children aged four to six run from 10 a.m. to noon and are $63 a week. Students age seven to 12 are in class from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes are $156 per week.

Registration is on now. For more information contact Buch at 250-377-2405.

Re-Story: Works from the Permanent Collection and The Wild Man Appreciation Society run from June 30 to Aug 25 at the gallery.

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