BCPS art camp inspires a profusion of creativity


Just over 11 miles separate Perry Hall High School from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. But, for two weeks in July, when the BCPS Summer Art Enrichment Camp took over much of Perry Hall's second floor, it might have been difficult to notice a difference.

With 140 elementary, middle and high school students attending the camp this year, art covered almost every surface of the school's hallways and classrooms. Sculptures were lain out on floors to set. Paintings hanged from walls to dry. And, in many of the rooms, campers focused on canvasses or mixed pigments or affixed cardboard using glue guns. Art blossomed in every corner.

"Students here are immersed in the artistic process for two weeks," said Linda Popp, coordinator of visual arts for BCPS. The work, she said, "involves creative problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration – all 21st century skills.

"It's 'hard fun.'"

The camp offers programs designed the meet the needs of students at each stage of artistic development. Employing art teachers not only from BCPS but from art schools like MICA, the camp includes field trips to places like Hampton Mansion to let students stretch their artistic vision and talents.

It ends each summer with an art exhibit and reception with students showing off their art to friends and family. "It's a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our students," Popp said. "We are very proud of their artistic process and products."  

Story and photos by Charles Herndon, Communications Specialist, Department of Communications and Community Outreach
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