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Midwest City's ArtzPlace offers 20 camps for summer

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Kids can battle boredom this summer with 20 different art camps offered by ArtzPlace Oklahoma, 1730 Center Drive in Midwest City.

"Every single one of them is different," said Nancy Nortz, the center's executive director. "They can enroll in all 20 camps and never repeat any activity."

Kids can learn to hand-build with clay 9 a.m. to noon starting Monday in a week-long program in the center's ceramics lab. Students will make and decorate clay bowls with everyday items like buttons and lace, and learn how to glaze the pottery after its first firing.

At the 1 to 4 p.m. camp, educators will help students create jewelry using a wide variety of techniques inspired by their own original designs. Students will use 3-D paper and polymer clay, as well as pure metal clay " a substance that looks and feels like clay, although it's 97 percent metal. When fired, the hand-malleable metal hardens into a sterling silver piece.

Nortz said ArtzPlace instructors will help summer students retain skills they've built throughout the school year.

"Most studies have shown that students who are involved in creative activities and are challenged over the summer take a step forward as they head back to school the next year," she said.

Each camp includes a parents' reception displaying the kids' artwork at the end of the week. Additional camps on different art topics run every week through Aug. 7.

Registration is $65 for half-day camps and $125 for full-day camps and back-to-back half-day camps. Registration is limited. For more information, call 732-4278.

"Caitlin Harrison

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