Carroll Swayze loves to tap into the artistic potential of children.
“Young kids are so innovative,” Swayze said. “Kids are not as nervous as adults.”
Swayze will be starting her summer art adventure camp on June 18 at her studio on 2373 Donovan Road in Englewood. This will be her 15th camp.
“It’s usually geared toward kids,” she said. “This year’s camp is a little different. I’m having older kids with younger kids. Before we did a lot more crafting. This year, I’m teaching them more painting.”
Swayze said she plans to have four sessions with eight different activities including giant palm tree painting, chalk pastel fish drawing, coconut postcards, tie dyeing T-shirts, hand-painted floor cloths, printing from nature, crazy monster T-shirts, newspaper hat designing, block printed T-shirts, and papier-mâché fish. Students will learn to use chalk to draw pastel birds, giant lizards, plein aire, chalk pastel beach scenes, giant seagulls, loggerhead turtles and giant fish.
“We’ll start on one project,” Swayze said. “We’ll keep going back and forth and they’ll go at their own pace.”
Swayze said she too often sees art instructors trying to mold their students. “I will allow students to go at their own pace,” she said. “I want to stress original art.”
The morning camps will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18-21 and June 24-27. The afternoon camps will be 1- 5 p.m. June 18-21 and June 24-27.
“I’m looking to keep them small, maybe 10 students per session,” she said. “I may extend to another week if it fills up.”
The cost is $100, and a package of plain white T-shirts in the child’s size, per session. Other materials and snacks are included. The sessions are for elementary and middle school-aged children. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are limited.
For more information, call 941-266-6434.