Area youths looking to have some fun with art are invited to participate in the upcoming summer art camp at the Tullahoma Art Center. The camp will take place each week through July 29 with different activities each week.
Artist Cathianna Rosenthal is the camp’s instructor and said she excited about working with the local youth and helping then explore a variety of artistic mediums.
Hailing from Alaska, Rosenthal has been coming to Tullahoma over the last few months to visit her daughter, who is a Tullahoma resident.
Falling in love with the local community, Rosenthal decided to make Tullahoma a home base and joined the Tullahoma Art Center.
An artist herself, Rosenthal makes jewelry.
“I got here in late November to visit with my daughter who lives here in Tullahoma,” she said. “I will be going back [to Alaska] for brief periods of time, but for now I’m here and am loving it. I make Bering Sea stone art jewelry and have some here for sale at the center. I’m also a member here. There is a native group in Alaska that gets the stones for me. I’m also a vocalist and I teach. I wound up in a lot of the villages and that’s how I came to know about the stones. I thought they were beautiful and I thought they would be beautiful as jewelry.”
Rosenthal said she approached by the center to host the camps.
“I’ve homeschooled children and also taught art at a private school in Alaska, so I’ve had a lot experience with children and art,” she said.
Celebrating her Alaskan roots, Rosenthal will be dedicating the first week of camp to teaching students about her home state of Alaska.
“The first week is an Alaskan theme. Since we will probably have new children attending each week, we will probably continue to bring some of the Alaskan themed activities back in, because it’s exciting. We are going to [focus on] the Northern Lights, Alaskan animals along with some Eskimo type of sculpture people. We’ll talk about Alaska,” she said.
She added that the camp will be casual and open to everyone.
“We’ll be doing some storytelling and singing. It will be a very open forum,” she said. “My philosophy is art is really the backbone of everything. Conceptualizing and everything you look at has art in it. With all the technology we have now, it really goes into that. We welcome everyone. Children with disabilities, whether it be physical, emotional or behavioral, are welcome to attend.”
She will also be assisted by 11-year-old Tullahoma resident Sylas McGowen.
The camp will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each week. Camp fee is $75 per week. There is also a one-time registration fee of $25 per student. For more information, contact the center at 455-1234 or online at tullahomaart.org. For a full description of each week’s schedule, visit the center’s Facebook page at Tullahoma Art Center.