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WIU Presents Fall 2013 Community Youth Art Program

October 10, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Community Youth Art Camp will be held Sundays from Oct. 27 – Nov. 17 at the West Central Illinois Arts Center and in Garwood Hall on the Macomb campus.

The free program, sponsored by the Performing Arts Society (PAS), is for students in first through eighth grades. Classes will be held Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Grades 1-2 and grades 5-6 will meet from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in Garwood Hall, room 24, and grades 3-4 and grades 7-8 will meet from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the West Central Illinois Arts Center on the east side of the Macomb square.

First and second grades: Aspiring artists will be able to explore paint in a variety of ways. The focus will be on T-shirt painting, abstract animals, ink blowing and a watercolor still life. Young artists will learn about different kinds of paint, how to apply each and about different application techniques. They will also learn how to mix and apply multiple colors to display a variety of outcomes.

Third and fourth grades: Students in this class will experience a musical-themed journey in art though the exploration of multimedia materials. Inspired by the influential styles of Calder, Dali, Pollock and Segal, the young artists will create Expressionist paintings, sculptures, mobiles and include found objects in their final piece.

Fifth through eighth grades: Our future artists will have the opportunity to create patterns and textures through art. The class will focus on the different types of techniques for each lesson. Students will be introduced to a variety of media, including marker, color pencils and color paper. We will look at artist, such as M.C. Escher and Van Gogh for inspiration.

To pre-register, contact Breanna Wilkins at

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