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Creative Canvas is fostering summertime creativity through camps.

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Lake Oconee Breeze

Summertime is fraught with sweet treats and sunshine, but fun in the sun can only excite for so long. This summer, Creative Canvas is offering a release from sunburns and heat exhaustion in the form of creative mediums such as paint on canvas and other art making fun. Jennifer Eaton, owner of Creative Canvas, knows the importance of art within a child’s life, especially when budget cuts effectively disintegrate art, music and theater programs.

“I think it is awful. Art is so important in schools, and it leads to so many different avenues and opportunities. Art and music are very important, and we need art for advertising, commercials and so many other jobs,” she said.

Almost as a way to counteract the budget cuts and inspire children, Eaton is continuing her tradition of camps to enlighten children on the magical world of colors and other mediums.

“We’ll be doing sand painting, ceramics and mosaics. We will be doing a different thing each day, and there will be something fun for every child, as well as plenty to learn,” Eaton said. “I’m excited about working with the two and three-dimensional.”

The summer fine arts classes will begin June 1, and are suitable for ages 5 and up. The class sessions will span three days for three hours a day. All materials and aprons will be provided, with the exception of drinks and snacks, which Eaton requests that parents or guardians provide for their child.

The summer fine art classes at Creative Canvas cost $100 per student, per session, but Eaton also offers a family discount so that all of the children in the family can create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

“The kids always have such a great time. I have so many repeat customers, and our birthday parties are really a treat. Working on a canvas is something that most children don’t get a chance to do on a regular basis and they are very proud of their work. The good thing is that everyone can customize their work, which makes is really special,” Eaton said.

Creative Canvas will offer five different sessions for summer camps throughout the summer, but the sessions can be customized due to work schedules or visitors throughout the summer.

“I know that grandparents might want to sign their visiting grandchildren up for a class or a session, or a child might be unable to attend during those hours, so I can be very flexible with other people’s summer schedules. I can handle up to 15 children comfortably per class, so all parents or grandparents would need to do would be to call ahead and make sure that the class isn’t full. I’m so excited about this summer, and I hope the kids will be too,” Eaton said.

The fine arts class schedule for summer 2011 is as follows:

• Session 1:  Wednesday, June 1 – Friday, June 3, 2011.  9 a.m. – noon

• Session 2:  Monday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 15, 2011.  9 a.m. – noon

• Session 3:  Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29, 2011.  9 a.m. – noon

• Session 4:  Monday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 13, 2011.  9 a.m.– noon

•Session 5:  Monday, July 25 – Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  9 a.m. – noon

For more information about the summer class schedule, contact Jennifer Eaton at Creative Canvas Studio located on 921 Harmony Road, Suite 6, Eatonton, at (706) 485-0191 or (706) 474-0231. Eaton can also be contacted via email at creativecanvasstudio@gmail.com.

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