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Summer camps help local residents sharpen arts skills

While Aubrey Stoddard, 6, left, works diligently on engraving her name on a clay slab, instructor Abby Newman, right, shows Jade Colley, 8, how to punch a hole to hang her work of art during the Averitt Center for the Arts Clay 101 camp at the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts in June. The week-long camp introduced children ages 5-10 to the world of clay and ceramics, including different techniques for making pots, bowls, fairy houses and even monsters, along with glazing basics.

drawing camp
Janelle Spivey, 12, concentrates on the details of a sunflower while learning shading techniques with pencil during the Averitt Center for the Arts' Drawing & Painting Intensive. The week-long class in June, instructed by Kelly Lynn McCook, helped budding artists hone their talent by learning to work with acrylic and oil paints as well as pencil and charcoal.
ballet camp
Anna Grace Evans, 15, right, leans into the music under the watchful eye of instructor Taylor Ellen during the Averitt Center for the Arts Ballet Intensive in July. Ellen also guided serious young dancers through a week-long Modern Dance intensive in the mornings, focusing on technique, conditioning, improvisation and choreography.
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