Think like an artist

Liberty Children’s Art Project holds summer art camps

Workshop organizer and Liberty Children’s Art Project instructor Carol Phillips helps students get started with a batiking slik fabric project. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

BIG BAY– The Liberty Children’s Art Project in collaboration with Powell Township School held “Think Like an Artist,” a week-long art camp in Big Bay for grades 1-9.

Classes met at the Powell Township School Outdoor Art Garage, 101 Deutsch in Big Bay. Children were invited to attend as many sessions as they wanted.

“It’s been a nice spot for the creative process. It’s inspiring to be in an inside/outside space,” LCAP instructor Meghan Kelly said.

The theme “Think Like an Artist” encouraged participants to draw outside the lines and tap into the creative process, whatever that might mean to the individual.

“Students make some artistic choices about what they want to create,” workshop organizer and LCAP instructor Carol Phillips said. “It’s not a contained art lesson camp. It’s more of here are the materials, here is some guidance but just go for it and create whatever comes into your mind at the time.”

The project, in collaboration with Powell Township School, held a week-long art camp with the theme “Think Like an Artist.” Students in grades 1-9 were invited to attend sessions at the Powell Township School Outdoor Art Garage in Big Bay. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

Phillips and Kelly supervised student-centered projects using various mediums such as painting, printmaking, mural creation and clay. Both LCAP instructors offered demonstrations in a variety of methods and materials to help students create unique artwork. While all attendees were encouraged to create at will, older participants were invited to learn how to throw clay on the potter’s wheel with ceramic artist Kelly.

The camp was designed to teach students more than the technical aspects of the artistic process.

“It’s (making art) a good way to express your feeling and it’s a fun thing to do in your spare time,” said student Zoey Havel of Big Bay.

Thanks to the generous support of Powell Township School, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Rotary Club of Marquette, the workshop was offered at an affordable rate.

Classes were free of charge to Powell Township children but were open to all children in the area at a cost of $25 for the week or $5 for a one-day workshop. For more info on LCAP, visit

LCAP instructor Meghan Kelly teaches older students how to use the potter’s wheel and throw clay. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)