Tyler Today April/May 2017 : Page 66

TMA GEARS UP FOR WHAT DID YOU DO THIS SUMMER? Springtime in East Texas typically means three things: Pulsating sinuses, a generous coating of oak-tassel goop on your freshly-washed vehicle, and a chronic case of Short-Timer’s Disease rampaging through every soul from age five through twenty-five. But for us at the Tyler Museum of Art, the first azalea bloom is our signal to gear up for another round of Summer Art Camps. Registration is now underway for our 2017 series of camps, open to boys and girls from ages six and up, from June 12th through August 14th at the Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave., on the Tyler Junior College campus. “Each camp is led by degreed artists and art historians, and involves the students in hands-on art activities across a broad range of media and styles. At the conclusion of each week-long session, we invite campers and their families to celebrate their achievements with a mini-art exhibition and reception,” TMA camp director (and resident Bigfoot enthusiast) Derek Frazier said. Camp enrollment is limited to ten students per session and slots typically fill up quickly. Camps are $95 per session, and registration for each requires a $30 non-refundable deposit to be applied to the total cost. The summer begins with the return of the hugely popular Let’s Go Lego®, a camp that began in 2015 surrounding the Lego®-themed exhibition The Art of the Brick. This year’s version will feature projects including stop-motion videos, using spaceships as paintbrushes, “exploding zip-lines” (no incendiary devices will be used, I am assured) and whatever else time and imagination allows. If the last two summers were a bellwether, you can build absolutely anything out of Lego® bricks – just ask my 66-year-old boss. Another favorite we’re bringing back is Action! Through Art, a camp with extremely loose parameters and, with that, 66 APRIL / MAY 2017

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