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Students create at the 14th annual Dr. June E. Baskin Art Camp

Lycoming County middle and high school students were nominated by their art teachers came together at the 14th annual Dr. June E. Baskin Art Camp from June 17 to 21 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum. Students work with local artists and teachers who volunteered their time to help students exploring creativity with a focus on art and the alphabet.

C. Robert Shultz, retired Williamsport Area High School art educator, taught italic writing. Using what they learned, students created quotes on papers.

Rita Bower, artist and retired Southern Tioga art teacher, was showing how to make envelope art, a current trend. Bessie Lowry, art teacher at the Montgomery Elementary School, had students create a 3D piece using a single word as inspiration which was executed with multiple layers of paper. Bower and Lowry also teamed up to teach an embellish letter project.

Nadine Sapiente, retired educator and artist, introduced students to using alcohol inks on ceramic tiles. Each student created a tile using the inks then created a monogram on the tile.

Victoria Stetts, art teacher at Montoursville Area High School, introduced the students to ink, ink stones and Chinese calligraphy. Students painted their names in Chinese on rice paper.

Bob Salacki, local artist, guided the students in a carving project of a single letter on wood and demonstrated ice carving.

Each year, students work on a community piece and is given to a local organization. This year the students contributed a rock that was painted with an inspirational saying and will be installed in Ways Garden in the fall.

Student work created during the camp will be exhibited at the Thomas T. Taber Museum during September 2019. A reception will be held on Sept. 8. After the exhibit, all work will be returned to the students.

The Dr. June E. Baskin Art Camp was started in 2006 with an initial donation given to Dr. Baskin. A committee was formed, and it was decided that an art camp would impact the largest number of students.

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