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Lakeland summer camp teaches kids art

Lakeland summer camp teaches kids art

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

A summer camp in Tampa Bay lets kids explore their artistic side. It's Kids Kamp at Lakeland's Paint Along Studios. But the camp itself is just one part of what the owner of the downtown paint studio is doing.

David Collins is hoping to transform the arts in Lakeland, through an artist in residence program.

Ana Lopez is this year's artist in residence. Together with Collins she is teaching the summer art camp to students like 11-year-old Logan Jewell and 9-year-old Lauren Hall.

"I've been interested in art a couple of years and I've just come here," Jewell said.

The students are learning a variety of mediums from to acrylics to sculptures.

"My grandma heard about it and she told us," Hall said. "I was looking for a camp and she said this would be a good one, because she's done it before."

Instructor Ana Lopez who is from Chile has been at the studio for a year. She said this camp is important.

"This kind of teaching, we do kinda like .. we set a painting and kids will see what you're doing so they will get to see the process of making the painting," she said.

Collins, the owner of The Loft Art Gallery and Paint Along Studios in downtown Lakeland,  started the artist in residence program in June 2012 as a way to teach up and coming artists how to take their work from imagination to marketplace.

"We are in a city whose tag line is 'rich traditions artful energy'…and rich traditions is about art," Collins said.

In a recent interview Collins added, "Trying to create masterpieces isn't always practical. The artist-in-residence program helps artists understand the need to have a marketable product by shortening labor costs. Artists aren't trained to be business people, but they have to be both if they're going to succeed. That's a lesson that's difficult to learn."

And through his program the artists are learning as well as teaching. They are teaching kids like Logan and Lauren the ins and out of art.

 

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