Art club prepares for children’s camp
Lansing High School's art club is so busy this month that it had to put off one of its annual outings until spring.
The club has November booked with preparations for a children's art camp, open art studios and holiday window painting.
Tracy Schmidt, club sponsor, said that in all the excitement, a trip to First Fridays in the Kansas City, Mo., Crossroads Arts District planned for Nov. 4 was "put on the backburner." Schmidt said she usually takes her students to the art galleries there, which are open late the first Friday of each month, in November. The outing is an opportunity for students to see contemporary art, she said.
"The kids really enjoy it," Schmidt said.
This year, in the flurry of activity, Schmidt said the trip would have to wait until spring.
The club's big project this month is its children's art camp, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. The camp will be part of a fundraiser for Jennifer Rodriguez, a 1998 LHS graduate who was paralyzed from the waist down in March as the result of domestic violence. Because of its connection with Rodriguez, the theme of the camp will be "Yes I Can," and students will focus on overcoming adversity, Schmidt said.
"We wanted to keep Jennifer in mind when we're doing this art camp," Schmidt said. "Jennifer has been quite an inspiration to a lot of people."
Art club students will teach campers at the event, Schmidt said.
"I think the students have an opportunity to see what I do everyday," she said.
The camp will include making clay figurines and T-shirts, designing gift-wrap and building a city, Schmidt said. A flier with registration information was sent home with third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students, she said. Cost for the camp is $35, and deadline to register for the two-session event is Nov. 11.
In the midst of planning and running the art camp, the art club's usual activities will go on. The club meets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at open art studio, which is an opportunity for all art students at LHS to work on class assignments or "enrichment projects," Schmidt said.
Also, after school on Nov. 30, club members will paint winter scenes on the high school's windows. Art club students have participated in the window painting for at least 16 years, Schmidt said.