Over past two weeks, the hallways on the third floor of Perry Hall High School have undergone a transformation.

Inspirational works of art printed from the Internet, oil paintings and sketches wallpaper the lockers while students and teachers can be seen painting, sculpting, drawing and discussing art within the classrooms.

Among the 140 students and eight teachers participating in Baltimore County Public Schools' annual Summer Visual Arts Enrichment Program are several from area schools.

Emma Kantt, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Catonsville High School, and her 12-year-old sister Abby, who will be an eighth-grader at Catonsville Middle School in September, attended the camp for the first time this year.

"My mom was looking for stuff for my sister and I to do over the summer," Emma said.

"We're both into art, so she was like, 'You guys should try this out,'

" her sister added.

For 13-year-old Logan Schilling, the visual arts camp has become somewhat of a summer tradition.

"In fifth grade, my art teacher gave us fliers and told us about the camp," said Logan, who will be an eighth-grader at Arbutus Middle School. "I thought that it would be fun and I've been doing it for four years.

"I've made friends who I've kept all four years and they have all the same interests as me," Logan said.

Like Logan, Relay resident Carson Amersbach is a camp veteran.

"My parents showed me this brochure for the arts camp (last year)," said the 12-year-old, who will start seventh grade at Arbutus Middle School in the fall. "So I took it and I really enjoyed it."

The camp is open to any Baltimore County student in grades 3-12, and has been offered for more than 20 years, according to Linda Popp, the visual arts coordinator for the school system.

"It's a very popular enrichment opportunity for Baltimore County students," she said July 11 at the high school.

The two-week camp, which began July 8 and will conclude July 19, costs $375 and includes transportation.

Though the activities are divided in elementary, middle and high school levels, they all provide students with an opportunities to think outside the box when it comes to creating art.

"It's a very creative, artistic community at all the levels," said Popp, sporting wire-rimmed glasses with a skinny arrow shooting across the top and a bulky, multi-colored necklace made from buttons. "They love that support group that's encouraging them to take risks and grow as artists."

"(There's) no portfolio review or anything, it's students interested in developing their artistic skills," she said.

"It's not graded, so they don't have to worry about making it perfect," Popp said. "They can explore and grow as an artist."

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