The Camp Blue Sky campers gathered in a painting class were all using the same models — black eyed Susans and a purple flower in red plastic cups — but their pictures were wildly different.
The styles ranged from Picasso-like paintings to stylized flowers to realistic watercolor portrayals.
The class was just one of several at the week-long camp at State Fair Community College. This year’s theme was “Planet Palooza”.
Down the hall from the flower painters, Alysia Marquez, 6, hummed as she painted dark orange on a cardboard egg carton. She likes camp, she said. “You get to paint and we get to do dough and listen to stories.” She said she came to camp because “I wanted to have fun.”
Working with clay seemed to be the favorite activity among campers at Camp Blue Sky this week, many said the class was their favorite.
Jessica Todd, 10, was working on a clay sculpture of a pig playing a banjo. She got the idea from “The Simpsons Movie” character ‘spider pig.’ The character made her think, “What could he (the pig) be?”
Charly Appleman, 8, of Sedalia, said her favorite part of camp was the clay, “’cause you get to be all messy and get all gooey and stuff.” She likes camp. “You get to do a lot of art and you get to take it home at the end,” she said.
Caitlyn Tanner, 11, of Sedalia, was working on a frame for a picture she had taken at the camp in a photography class.
“I like how it’s all art and theater and music and poems,” Caitlyn said. “I think it’s just cool how we get to be interactive with art.”
She likes photography and theater, “how we get to be dramatic and just be silly, which is normally me.”
Some campers came from out of town to attend the camp. Ashton Robinson, 7, of Louisville, Ken., came to camp last year and returned this year. He visits his grandmother for the week to go to the camp. Ashton, who spent part of the day Wednesday painting an egg carton blue and purple, said he has fun at the camp.
Ali Ciersdorff, 10, of Kansas City, also has a grandmother living in Sedalia who signed her up for the camp. She liked the camp “because we get to learn more about (art).”
Cameron Harris, 13, of Sedalia, said he’s signed up for the camp every year since he was 8 “to do something and hang out with friends,” he said. He said he enjoys art. Cameron was working on a watercolor of flames, an activity for an enrichment group of older campers.
Christopher Mergen, 9, of Sedalia, was painting blue dots on areas of sky in his pictures of leaves and butterflies that he made in a painting class.
Christopher said he likes the clay work and “I like the counselors, they’re nice.”
Counselor Josh Gaunt, 17, of Sedalia, takes the week off work as a lifeguard to volunteer for the camp.
Although he’s never been a camper, he said he enjoys the camp. “I love working with the kids,” he said.
Josh said he likes how the camp “gets kids motivated in different types of art projects.”
He doesn’t do the art with the campers, and said he gets kind of jealous of the art projects the children get to do.
The Cooney Endowment for the Arts and SFCC sponsor the camp.