Emma Kantt said she's interested in photography and wants to attend art school after graduation. She said she enjoyed the opportunity provided by the camp to try out new mediums of painting.

"I've never used oil paint before, but I know it's a very common medium and it's cool to be able to use it," she said. "That's really important (to know) later on."

Her sister enjoyed the sculpture projects she worked on, both physically and digitally.

"In sculpture, we made a spaghetti tower," Abby said. "Now we're making chair prototypes out of paper.

"I've never really done anything that we're doing, so it's kind of cool to learn it," she said.

Logan said she enjoyed using a program called Sculptris, which provides students with a digital ball of clay that they can turn into any sculpture they like.

"We're making 3D sculptures of mythical creatures," Logan said. "We either add different details or different pieces and add color and move it around to see how it looks from every angle."

Amersbach said he usually does a lot of "observational drawing" but that the camp allowed him to explore other mediums that he thinks will help him improve overall as an artist.

"Because of it (the camp), I got into GT (Gifted and Talented) arts for next year," Carson said. "I got to do a variety of different techniques each day and it makes me a lot better at my art."

This exploration of new mediums and opportunity to make mistakes and try new things is the core purpose of the arts camp, said Eric Volkman, art department chairman at Catonsville Middle School.

"Their teachers are actually Baltimore County art teachers," Volkman said. "You really get to plunge in and get a lot of good discussion, practice."

The 58-year-old teacher has been at Catonsville Middle for the past 14 years and is participating in the Artist Educator Summer Painting Institute, a branch of the camp designed for Baltimore County teachers.

The teachers participate in similar activities, such as painting still lifes and landscapes, as the students, but at a more accelerated rate.

They receive three credits toward the Maryland Department of Education's Continuing Professional Development program for participating.

"I wanted more enrichment so I can better enrich my students as they go up to high school," Volkman said. "They give us something new and challenging each day.

"Truly as a teacher, you got into teaching because you love art, but the course work of teaching kind of pulls you away (from your own)," he said.

Volkman taught Emma Kantt when she was in middle school and teaches Abby Kantt during the school year. He said he is enjoying watching his students participate in the program alongside him.

"It's really exciting, because you know they're going to hit all the hurdles and the bumps in the road that you did," he said. "But if you stick with it, you will grow."