Thanks to the Buddy Holly Center, this week, children in Lubbock have begun to connect with music and the fine arts.
Thirty children from ages 8 to 12 registered for the Music, Art and Drama Camp and began their journey into the arts Monday.
The camp provides a way for children to interact with the fine arts for the first time or to continue that connection, said Lisa Howe, education coordinator at the Buddy Holly Center.
"Music is obviously important because of the Buddy Holly Center," said Howe.
Howe has organized the camp since its debut last year.
"A big part of our mission is to foster in the music and art in the community," she said.
On Monday, Joseph Zuniga painted a canvas with dots, squares and animals, using an Australian aboriginal painting style he had learned at camp.
"I think it's fun, and I would like to do this every day," said Zuniga.
The 8-year-old said he doesn't have many opportunities to paint on a canvas. So far, Zuniga likes painting best at camp.
Camp art instructor Sarah Collins appreciates the children's enthusiasm for learning.
She taught Zuniga and other campers about the Australian art, part of the overall big theme this summer focused on art from other cultures.
"I try not to give them too many restrictions," Collins said, "but I do have to balance it out to keep the children in track."
Some of the campers have more experience with the arts.
"I paint a lot with my grandmother," said Maddy Sudduth. "She used to be an art teacher."
Sudduth attends art festivals with her parents.
Collins want all the campers to earn an appreciation, a love for art.
But camp lasts just a week, enough to teach children how to learn more about art and music.
Music instructor Jake Farr wants his campers to learn to read tablatures and chord charts.
"With those two tools they can learn on their own," said Farr.
Despite the difficulty with group music lessons, Farr said, "They're all doing really great."
Farr's goal: For the campers to perform about five songs in less than a week.
"It could be a little far-fetched," said Farr. "But it is doable."
In drama, campers have learned how to make up a story and use their imaginations to write skits, said Landon Lauderdale, 8.
They also have learned to change their voices as they portray different characters, added Milla Grimes, 8.
Campers will show off their skills at 11:30 a.m., Friday, at the Buddy Holly Center.
The public may attend for free. The program will last an hour.
But the key to success does not rise or fall on Friday's performances.
"If the students continue to pursue the art, then I would say this was a successful camp," Howe said.
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