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Art Camp Connects Creativity and FaithPainting

A fine arts camp at Servant's Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives kids the chance to explore their creative side.

"At the heart of Servant's Fine Arts Camp is a belief that we are all made in the image of the Creator, and as such, we are creative beings who are called to join in the act of creating," says church member Liz Sharda, who helps with the camp. "The studios challenge kids a bit and provide learning opportunities, but also give them space to create freely and use their imaginations."

The camp, held for a week in August, includes seven studios: photography, painting, sculpture, woodworking, culinary arts, mosaic, and mural. Participants, who range from third grade through high school, work in one or two studios during the week. Studio offerings vary from year to year based on the gifts of volunteers from the church.

Each year the camp has a theme verse to introduce the Bible to participants, 90 percent of whom are not from the church. On the final night of the camp, the sanctuary is turned into an art gallery for a gallery reception. "Kids are able to show off their works of art, and our community is able to experience something very positive and encouraging," Sharda says.

Posted 10/02/12

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