Wilson Housing Authority arts camp instructor Anna Batts helps sisters Serenity McNeil, 12, and Layla McNeil, 5, create their pipe cleaner bubble blowers during the camp at Whitfield Homes.
Xzayvion Harris, 8, left, and Jonquavius Harris, 7, shape their pipe cleaner bubble blowers during art camp at Whitfield Homes. The brothers used pipe cleaners and beads to decorate the blowers and create the shapes they would be blowing bubbles through.
Three weeks, lots of paint, beads and assorted craft items, and plenty of smiles. Those were the ingredients of a summer of fun at the Wilson Housing Authority’s arts camps at its three public housing areas.
The annual camps were sponsored this year by the Arts Council of Wilson and the Wilson Rotary Club, which gave $1,000 to help spread the Arts Council’s programming for children and youth to kids who otherwise might not be able to take advantage of it.
More than 35 children from E.B. Jordan, Forrest Road and Whitfield homes participated in the camps that were taught by Anna Batts and Kim Valentine.
This was the third year that Batts, a Wilson native and Barton graduate who is currently in graduate school at East Carolina University, has taught at the camps.
Valentine is past president of the Wilson Active Artists and the lead teacher for the Arts Council’s Creative Kids classes. She lives in Elm City and has her own studio, Colorful Spirits.