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Learning about Mississippi artists

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 7/23/2013 12:07 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - At the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany local artists and the Junior Auxiliary are teaming up this week with the museum to show young people all the techniques to creating a nice piece of artwork.

It's called Camp Create and they're using the styles of Mississippi artists each day as their guide.

Museum Director Jill Smith said, "This year we're studying Mississippi artists. They're learning about Wyatt Waters today. Yesterday it was Theora Hamblett. We'll be doing Walter Anderson tomorrow and then the Mad Potter of Biloxi on Friday."

It's often trial and error as the students begin.

Each day has a different focus on an artist from the state.

Museum Director Jill Smith looks over some of the work the campers have already created.

Camper Mary Greer said, "We're learning how different artists paint and we're getting to try."

Camper Allyson Beard said, "We've learned how other artists paint. We do what they do so we can learn more about painting."

Before the children paint and draw at camp each day they're given a quick lesson about the artist who they will use as the day's inspiration.

Smith said, "It's just something the kids look forward to every year. You know art defines a community and we're defining a community at an early age."

It's also a lot of creative fun for these students.

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