Heartland Youth Centre hosts week-long summer art camp

Stettler’s Heartland Youth Centre hosted a summer art camp for kids between Aug.17-21 to encourage them to demonstrate their creativity.

Six-year-old Natalie Bowles holds up her realism portrait as she participates in the summer camp on Thursday

Six-year-old Natalie Bowles holds up her realism portrait as she participates in the summer camp on Thursday

Stettler’s Heartland Youth Centre (HYC) hosted a summer art camp for kids, aged six to 12 between Aug.17-21 to encourage them to demonstrate their creativity.

Working with clay, paints and pictures, the kids enjoyed themselves as they dabbled in all forms of art.

On Thursday, Aug.20 the kids were engaged in drawing their own realism portraits.

Their pictures had been taken and printed. One half was pasted on a sheet, they had to come up with a creative way to finish the other half, either through sketching, drawing, or creating artwork, which would complement the picture.

“We worked with clay this morning, so they are making their own tic-tac-toe sets out of clay and now we are working on realism,” said Alexis Lawlor, supervisor at the art camp. “They get to experiment with drawing people, which is fun!”

Home to the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs, there are presently 290 youth aged between six and 18, registered with HYC.

Although summer programs are designed differently for more activities, the centre offers programs throughout the year including an afterschool program; teen leadership programs; mentoring programs; and summer programs.

With 85 children who were registered in the summer program, and 15 in the teen programs, HYC was a hub of activities all through summer.

Summer activities included a daily program for ages six to 12, a week-long art camp in the past week and junior leadership opportunities for teens, besides teen trips and various other community service events.

Teen activities have been as varied, from short excursions to overnight campouts.

Many teens have fundraised through summer and did an ongoing bottle drive to cover some of the costs of their trips.