Georges River Land Trust and Leaps of Imagination will offer a series of 6 week-long summer art camps for kids age 8 to 12 at Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, beginning on June 18 from 9 am to noon, Monday through Friday, and continuing through August 3. Weekly enrollment is $160 per child, and space is limited to 10 children per week. Applications for scholarships provided by the Davis Conservation Foundation are available online.
Leaps of Imagination is an art and literature program that brings local artists into elementary school classrooms during the school year with a mission to empower children and encourage them to think in creative ways that ignite their imaginative spirit. Leaps Director Nancy Harris Frolich says that the goal is to “Set children on a path where they get to experience themselves as artists and innovators.” And that, “Long after they’ve completed the program, students will continue to use their imaginations in creative and thoughtful ways.”
Rockland multi-media and Leaps-trained artist, Susan Beebe, will lead the 6 week-long programs. Her long-standing passion for nature; her former work with students and teachers in local schools, libraries, and museums; and her incorporation of found and natural materials into her art work, make Beebe a great resource for the children.
Weekly camp themes are Blooms and Butterflies, June 18-22; We Are All Artists, June 25-29; Book It! July 9-13; Off the Beaten Path, July 16-20; Performing with Puppets, July 23-27; and Blowin’ In The Wind, July 30-Aug 3.
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, the 90-acre former home of renowned Cushing artist Bernard Langlais, and his wife, Helen, now owned by Georges River Land Trust, is the perfect location at which to unleash children’s imaginations. Amidst Langlais’ massive wooden sculptures and acreage, children will have the unique opportunity to focus on creativity, compassion, and nature, led by professional artists and environmentalists.
Awareness of environmental concerns will be taught in a way that will empower children to make a difference in their world, as the art camps will emphasize zero-waste and maintain a single-use, plastic-free environment. Visiting artists will also enhance the children’s experience throughout the summer.