Time To Get Your Arts On, Kids!

Arts Council Of The Valley To Host Summer Camp

Posted: June 13, 2013

Arts Council of the Valley is offering a summer art camp and the Daily News-Record’s own John Rose — the man behind the “Snuffy Smith” comic strip — is one of the local artists featured.

“I’m just going to teach kids how to draw cartoons and how to have fun [doing it].” Rose said of the course to be held July 15-19.  

The class is open to kids ages 9-11, and welcomes those who may not consider themselves particularly artistic. “Anyone can learn to draw,” he said, “especially cartoons because you can break it down to simple shapes like circles, rectangles, and triangles.”

This is Rose’s first time teaching with the Arts Council, but he’s previously conducted numerous workshops and enjoys teaching.

“I’m a cartoonist and I’m lucky to get to do it and I enjoy doing it,” he said. “I just want to share that passion with the kids and get them into drawing cartoons.”

“Cartoon Basics with John” is one of the courses designed by the Arts Council to inspire young artists. The course costs $35, and will be held from 1-4 p.m. July 16 and 18.

“I hope some kids come out and we’ll have a good time. I’ll teach ’em to draw cartoons and [then], I can take a vacation and they can fill in for me,” he said with a chuckle.  

The Art Council of the Valley Summer Art Camp, designed for children ages 6-15, will be held July 8-Aug.16 at Court Square Theater, 61 Graham St.

In addition to cartooning with Rose, the camp also includes classes in writing, acting and filmmaking with local artists, including Kathleen Holter, Kayla Runion, Liz Shoop, Jennifer Juul, Bly Brown, Paul Somers and Mary Shira.

For information, or to register, visit valleyarts.org/education.


Contact Sarah Stacy at 574-6292 or sstacy@dnronline.com.


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