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Jul 22, 2016

2016 Expressive Arts Summer Program is Hosted by ICA

Another summer camp dedicated to the expressive arts concluded today in Belize City. Hosted by the Institute of Creative Arts, the participants enjoyed sessions in arts, drama, dance and music. And for those who are interested in other forms of art, they pulled out their hook and yarn for sessions on the techniques of crochet.  This morning, the participants showcased their newly acquired skills. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Over a hundred preschool and primary school students from ages three to fourteen took part this year in the 2016 Expressive Arts Summer Program hosted by the Institute of the Creative Arts. After some three weeks of lessons in drama, music and dance, today, a showcase was held inside the Bliss Auditorium with proud parents and facilitators in attendance. This year, the program expanded to include the art of crochet.

 

Leroy Green

Leroy Green, Facilitator, Creative Arts Summer Program

“Every year, ICA through NICH offers this expressive arts camp; this year I think there were three different camps going on. The one that I was affiliated with was the expressive arts summer camp help here at the Bliss, held as a partnership through the Ministry of education and NICH. We had morning sessions catering in arts, drama, dance, music and this year for the first time we had crochet. The morning session was for seven to fourteen year olds and then in the afternoon, we had three to six year olds for the second time. What you saw this morning was the final showcase in which the students showed off what they learned in the past three weeks. If you had gone upstairs, you would see the art exhibition. And also this morning, we had items from a camp that was held at the Gateway and a music camp—all of them were under the sponsorship of NICH.”

 

The program was a first for many of the participants as well as some of the teachers who coordinated the various genres of the creative arts. Eight year old Zaila Flowers participated in the arts and graft.

 

Zalia Flowers

Zalia Flowers, Participant

“I learnt how to make a castle chairs and tables out of cups.”

 

Duane Moody

“You’ve always loved the arts?”

 

Zalia Flowers

“Yes.”

 

Duane Moody

“What do you love the most about it?”

 

Zalia Flowers

“Because you get to paint and cut in it.”

 

Jezriel Diego

Jezriel Diego, Drama Coordinator

“I am an expressive arts teacher originally, but this is the first time we get to put kindergarten and the upper division in the same class and teaching them drama was not something very hard. But some of the stuff like getting the stage right, how to use the stage, how to project your voice and stuff like that; we were tutoring them about. And it was amazing; I hope to come back next year to teach some more.”

 

According to Camp Facilitator Leroy Green, the summer program exposes the importance of the creative arts in the development of children.

 

Leroy Green

“It shows how once teachers know their stuff, how over a short period of time they can impart that knowledge to students. In the music section, if you noticed this morning, they were playing instruments and so on and they came here to the Bliss green—in regards to playing instruments and reading notes—and they were actually playing by reading notes. In the dance section, most of them who came here didn’t know anything about dance and you saw what they did in three weeks. And some of the babies who are here haven’t been to preschool as yet and they got up here and perform. So it shows that once there is a commitment on adults—parents and teachers alike—and the patience to deal with children; what the children can learn and the kinda confidence it can give them.”

 

All participants received certificates at the end of the showcase today. Duane Moody for News Five.

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