artNotes from Hyde House: artCamp 2019 – Week One Classes

artCamper Cook Hudson, 10, learning to paint Story Stones at artCamp.

To the community supporters of artCentral’s nineteenth artCamp we send out an appreciative “Thank You!” Their help makes possible the two weeks of summer magic beginning very soon at artCentral! This year’s generous artCamp donors include the Helen S. Boylan Foundation, the Carthage Council on the Arts, Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio, the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation, Leggett & Platt, Inc., the Rotary Club of Carthage, S&S Computers and Walmart.

The artCamp teachers have delivered their class sample projects. They are all really awesome and fun! So many great ideas are on display. All are created with an amazing variety of media and imagination. You can see them at Hyde House, 1110 East Thirteenth Street in Carthage, during weekend gallery hours Friday and Saturday, 12:00-5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Come view these cool creations and register your artCamper soon!

Curriculum and registration forms may be picked up at artCentral and at Carthage venues including Cherry’s Art Emporium, the Carthage Public Library, KOKA Art Gallery, ​Mother Road Coffee,  The Palms Massage and Day Spa and the Carthage Deli and in Joplin at Spiva Center for the Arts, Cleo’s Picture Framing and Design and Crackpot Pottery and Art Studio. Forms for artCamp are also available online at where you’ll find all the fun artCamp facts.


When you are at artCentral to pick up or drop off your artCamper registration be sure to take in the 2019 Annual Membership Exhibition which will be on view through all of June, during weekend gallery hours, as well as through artCamp. Viewing in July will be by appointment. Detailed information is at

Yes, during artCamp’s two weeks, Mondays through Fridays, July 8-12 and July 14-19, 2019, artCentral’s aspiring young artists, ages 8-14, will be surrounded by great art made by the accomplished artists of Carthage as well as talented artists from neighboring towns.

Inspired by this year’s artCamp theme, “All Creatures Great and Small”, our 2019 curriculum is our very best ever. Four unique classes are offered for each artCamp day. Here is a look at the choices for all Week One Classes:

MONDAY, July 8:

ANI-MUGS with Alexandra Burnside – Create a clay animal mug masterpiece using hand building techniques.

GOURDS OF FUN with Cheryl Church – Learn to create farm animals out of Sculptey clay and gourds.

AMAZING ANIMAL HABITAT DIORAMA with Anne-Marie Gailey – Draw and paint! Sculpt and construct! Waterfalls and mountains and forests!

WATERCOLOR PAINTING with Tom Jones – Get the paper wet. Add exciting splashes of color for a sunflower and a ladybug, too!

TUESDAY, July 9:

PILLOW PETS with Alexandra Burnside – Draw and sew and stuff your special fabric animal or imaginary creature.

CLAY HOMES FOR WINGED FRIENDS with Cheryl Church – Learn hand building techniques as you create a clay bird house.

CHARCOAL PORTRAITS with Tom Jones – Humans are creatures, too! Have fun with this slightly messy medium!

BARNYARD ANIMALS IN GLASS (Ages 10-14, campers wear closed toe shoes) with Jane McCaulley make a glass  rooster+cow+pig+maybe more!


CLAY PINCH POTS with Cheryl Church – Learning cool techniques, you make clay whistles and flutes and even drums!

Artist and Teacher Teri Y. Diggs prepares a sample project for one of her artCamp classes.

COLORFUL STONE PAINTING with Teri Y. Diggs – Learn simple steps and layouts for stone painting your favorite critters.

3D MODEL TREE HOUSE with Anne-Marie Gailey – Design and build a unique model tree house for viewing nature and animals.

WATERCOLOR ABSTRACTS with Tom Jones – Learn fun and super cool techniques and tips for abstract beauty and backgrounds.

THURSDAY, July 11:

NATURAL 3D BUILT ENVIRONMENT with Deb Bentlage – Collaboratively construct a mixed media natural habitat on photo canvas.

SCULPT BABY ANIMALS with April Davis-Brunner – Shape, sculpt and create your favorite babies.

COLORED TISSUE PAINTING and COLLAGE with Tom Jones – All creatures are possible to create with colorful tissue painting!

UNDER SEA GLASS CREATURES (Ages 10-14, campers wear closed toe shoes) with Jane McCaulley – Make glass jelly fish, starfish and more!

FRIDAY, July 12:

LACEY AND PRETTY ZENTANGLE with Teri Y. Diggs – Learn Zentangle drawing and create beautiful butterfly wing designs.

JAPANESE SHADOW THEATER with Anne-Marie Gailey – Learn about unique Japanese creatures. Build a theater. Make jewelry, too!

ACRYLIC ABSTRACTIONS and POURS with Tom Jones – Explore new and unique acrylic techniques!

ACTION FIGURE DIORAMA with Sarah Serio – Create an animal filled adventure world for your action figures to roam.

Yes, Week One at artCamp is packed with an awesome array of innovative creative opportunities and sure-to-be favorites for every artCamper. Classes are filling up fast. Don’t delay. Sign up your artCamper today!

An end-of-artCamp Reception and Exhibition will be held in the Main Gallery at Hyde House on Friday, July 19, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Everyone is invited. Mark your calendar and plan to come celebrate our artCampers and their two weeks of exciting creativity! I look forward to having you join us!