Even though school is out for the summer, the Lipscomb Academy campus is still very active with student life including the recent Fine Arts Camp at the elementary school.
The Fine Arts Summer Camp was the culmination of much planning and prayer by Kathy Musick, the Lipscomb Academy Elementary School art teacher. Musick has hosted a Fine Arts Camp for many years, but this year she wanted it to be bigger and better than ever. “Parents are looking for an educational component, and kids are looking to have fun,” said Musick.
Musick began planning in January 2013 for the camp that was held May 28-31. In January, she met Kaci Bolls, a local musician, who had written a children’s musical program called “Colors Say”. The program was created out of Bolls’ desire to help children understand the meaning behind ribbons for a cause. For instance, a pink ribbon indicates breast cancer awareness, red brings awareness to heart disease and a green ribbon is indicative of sustainable living.
The campers, which included students in rising first through fifth grades, spent the week rotating between sessions in visual art, music and preparing for the grand finale, a musical performed by the students for their parents, all with the theme “Colors Say”.
With 71 campers attending for the week, the visual arts piece had many hands on crafts including painting t-shirts for the play, making the backdrop, and several other pieces meant to take home and share with the campers’ families.
During the music sessions, led by Lipscomb Academy Elementary School music teacher, Melissa Collins, students were able to participate in singing games and instrumental and movement activities.
Kaci Bolls and Cindy Fehrman, former Lipscomb Academy music and drama teacher, who is now the Franklin High School Choral Director, worked with the students daily to prepare for the main event, the “Colors Say” musical, where all of the students came together on Friday to perform for a full house of 175 parents and grandparents.
"Working with Ms. Collins, Mrs. Musick, and Mrs. Fehrman during camp was an amazing experience! They took my ideas with the "Colors Say" program and turned it into such a special experience for the kids. What a week full of blessings,” said Bolls.
With an extremely successful 2013 Fine Arts Camp in the books, plans are already beginning for the 2014 camp, which promises to bring another week of learning, creativity and fun for elementary aged children.