Central Texas College continues to provide local children with fun, learning-based activities in its summer College for Kids courses.

A group of students gathered at the college Tuesday for a two-day course in art and drawing. Instructor Melinda Wright said her goal was to provide an entertaining and informative environment for the young artists.

“We want to help them build what we call an ‘artist’s toolbox,’” said Wright. “They are learning a number of techniques that they can take with them when they leave and use whenever they draw.”

Those techniques include

everything from shading and texture to composition and even lighting. Wright said she makes sure all the classes’ activities cater to every individual’s skill level.

“I tell them not to try and judge their work based on what others are doing, but to try their best and keep developing their skills,” Wright said.

The students also are encouraged to develop an “artistic vocabulary” to use when describing the drawing process and the art they create.

“It’s a fun class,” said Makalah Cordova, an 11-year-old student in Writ’s class. “I was interested in drawing, so I wanted to sign up and try it out.”

When it comes to building those skills, Wright said she tries to keep the activities and atmosphere fun for the students, many of whom are preparing to return to school later this month.

“I want them to enjoy themselves, and still acquire and build those skills,” she said.

Makalah said one of her favorite drawing exercises, so far, was being asked to draw the contours of an object without looking at the paper.

“It’s called blind contour drawing,” Makalah said. “It was fun.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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