The Adams County Arts Council Summer Art Program at West Union Elementary was held this past week, giving elementary students a chance to explore the fine arts while on summer break.
This week-long event is held each morning and is open to children 9 to 12. Registration for the program is from the middle of May to the end of June, and children choose which area they want to focus on during the program at registration.
This is only the second year for the program, which has the support of the Adams County Arts Council, and the classes which are available change each year. This year had a class in sculpture taught by Mike Roberts, a class in painting taught by JoAnn White, a music class taught by Neal DeAtley, and Elaine Lafferty taught drawing. An art appreciation class headed by Lafferty in the last half hour teaches the students about the history of American art.
During breaks, students are given refreshments, which are supplied and handled by Betsy Miskell, Paulette Roberts, and Sally White.
The program is held the following week after the fair, which, according to Lafferty, “Works out very nicely for us.” Should the fair week move in the future, those running the program will reconsider which week it will be held.
On Wednesday, the students in the music class were busy practicing on the stage behind the curtain for their recital on Friday, while the sculpture class worked with clay. The drawing class was working on their technique with basic figures and faces with charcoal and pencil, and the painting class was working with water colors.
Plans are for the program to continue in following years, and, if a parent is interested in having their child explore the fine arts, they should look for the chance to register next May.