Kindermusik and Art Camp at TFAC

Published 12:25 pm Friday, July 6, 2012

Ella McCall shows off her “hippo” mask. (photo submitted by Alli Halbkat)

Last week, Studio A, downstairs in Tryon Fine Arts Center, was brightened by colorful mats, wall decorations and music. Families gathered on the floor to talk and play. Kindermusik and art camp had come to Tryon Fine Arts Center.
Kindermusik is a 40-minute program that allows children from infants to kindergarteners to listen and interact with music.
Every series of Kindermusik has a different theme, and last week’s was “Zoo Train.” Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Kindermusik teacher Bryant Belin taught the children about different kinds of animals and played songs that tied in to the theme. The kids learned how to play instruments along with the songs. They not only listened and played with the music, but they used hand motions and danced along as well.
Erin Fox, who as a 4-year-old son, Jack, said, “Jack loved learning sign language. He did it all the time during lunch. He also learned dynamics like fast, slow, loud and soft.”
Kindermusik is not only for your child. Parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents are asked to accompany their children while they learn and grow. Last week’s group included a child accompanied by both a parent and a great-grandparent accompanying her.
Fox said, “Going with my children to Kindermusik gives me the opportunity to learn and explore with them.”
After a morning of Kindermusik, the kids who were old enough (4+) went upstairs to art camp in Studio B. Art instructor Julia Snyder taught them some painting techniques and helped them express their creativity through various art projects.
Following the Kindermusik theme, “Zoo Train,” they made animal masks and their own “Zoo Trains” from cut-out shapes and pipe cleaners. The children learned how to mix colors, use scissors to cut out shapes and paint animals.
Ella McCall (age 4) said her favorite part of the camp was “painting my hippo. I painted all the paint and I love it!”
TFAC will hold another Kindermusik/Art Camp July 23-27. The theme will be “Up in the Sky.” Kids will learn about birds, planes and other things you might see in the sky.
“Jack is asking every day to go to camp, and he definitely wants to do it again,” Fox said.
– article submitted by Alli Halbkat

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