"I like drawing pictures and showing my talent," he said. "I've learned (at camp) that I can add a little more detail and use different materials to become a better artist."

Using different media, Allison Conley, a fifth-grader at Halethorpe Elementary School, had a theme connecting the art she displayed on July 12.

In addition to a sculpture of a turtle that had a clay shell with paper body, Allison proudly showed off a fish with a yellow body speckled with polka dots that she had painted with watercolors.

Though she based her fish off photographs, Allison had to use her imagination when creating it because she combined two mediums.


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"It's fun because you can do a lot of stuff with art," Allison said. "I feel creative."

That feeling also attracted Logan Schilling, a seventh-grader at Arbutus Middle School, to art.

"(I like) that you get to express yourself," said the Catonsville resident. "It lets you get out your feelings in different ways."

Logan said she prefers sketching and painting but also enjoyed using digital media and everyday items to make art.

She constructed a bridge out of Popsicle sticks with intricate lattice works connecting the top of the arches on either side of the bridge to the road.

H.D. Scriba, a freshman at Catonsville High School, spent much of the camp using oil paints to depict images of still life.

Having recently completed an art focus at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, H.D. said the camp has taught him tools that he hopes to carry for as long as he keeps painting.

He compared a painting of a tea pot and liquor and wine bottles in the beginning of the week to his later paintings of doughnuts and of a green pepper and lemon. The colors in his first paintings had the tendency to blend, he noted.

After receiving advice from an instructor, H.D. learned how to use two distinct colors and still make the subject appear realistic.

"You can still blend them," the Catonsville resident explained. "But the idea is to have similar colors next to each other in order to make it look like it's a smooth transition."

A highlight of the two-week camp came on July 13 when he and the rest of the high school students went to Hampton Mansion in Towson to paint landscapes.

The camp was fun for more than just the lesson learned and art produced, though, H.D. said.

"Not only is it all about art, but you get to meet people and have a lot of fun," he said.