Art 'Sprouts' another dimension at the MACC

Art 'Sprouts' another dimension at the MACC

May 25th, 2011 by Emily Crisman in Community Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain resident Tracy Sprout will show campers how to make 3-D art projects and sculptures in a variety of mediums, including "food with feet" using clay, during her camp at the MACC Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 2. A session for rising first- through third-graders is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and another for rising fourth- through sixth-graders will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Photo by Emily Crisman

Signal Mountain resident Tracy Sprout will show campers...

Students will bring artwork to life and all three physical dimensions at MACC's 3-D Art Camp led by instructor Tracy Sprout Tuesday, May 31-Friday, June 2.

"Kids love to build and make things," said Sprout, a former high school art teacher, who will lead campers in the completion of four projects in a variety of mediums. "It's a great way to kick off the summer."

Children will work on one project each day, each using a different medium such as clay or paper.

Sprout, who moved to Signal Mountain three years ago, got the idea for the camp while perusing the gallery her sister-in-law in Texas keeps for her children's art. Seeing the finished projects from a 3-D art camp, she inquired about the instructor and developed her own camp with the teacher's guidance.

"It helps them to think in 3-D and helps with coordination and problem solving," she said of the camp's benefits. "You have to figure out how things fit together and what something looks like from all different angles."

Campers will also be asked to think creatively by finding their own materials for a sculpture while exploring in the great outdoors.

"With 3-D art, you can work with everyday objects you have around the house, and I want to get them started thinking about collecting things on their own," said Sprout, who home-schools her three children ages 3, 5 and 6. "We'll also be working with materials like clay that they don't normally have access to."

One project Sprout has planned for the group is "food with feet," which involves campers molding a food item of their choosing from clay and adding a human element with a pair of feet.

Campers are separated by age into two sessions, with rising first- through third-graders scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and rising fourth- through sixth-graders from 1 to 4 p.m.

Projects are adapted to fit different ages and skill levels, with many opportunities for campers to exercise their creativity and put their own spin on particular projects, said Sprout.

The cost of the camp is $125, plus a $15 supply fee. Each session is limited to 10 campers, so registering as soon as possible is recommended.

Register by calling the MACC, 809 Kentucky Ave., at 886-1959.