June 7, 2011

Owens Community College to Host New Drawing from Nature Youth Camp, June 20 – July 18

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area youth ages 7 through 14 will have the opportunity to combine their interests of drawing and nature in a hands-on creative learning environment as Owens Community College serves as host to its first-ever Drawing from Nature Youth Camp, June 20 – July 18.

The Drawing from Nature Youth Camp will be offered through Owens’ Workforce and Community Services, which is located at the College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. The four-week camp will take place Mondays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for ages 7 through 10 and from 1-4 p.m. for ages 11 through 14. No classes will occur on Monday, July 4.

“Owens’ Workforce and Community Services is excited to expand its continuing education programming and offer a hands-on camp, which combines art and nature,” saidRhonda Hogrefe, Owens Continuing Education and Community Service Account Representative.“The new Drawing from Nature Youth Camp allows attendees to express themselves artistically and explore our natural surroundings within a unique experiential learning environment.”

Camp attendees will have the chance to receive hands-on learning specific to creative and traditional drawing techniques, which will be used to fill sketchbooks with studies from natural surroundings. Traditional art tools such as pencils, charcoal, ink and crayons will be used during the camp along with “found tools”, which will include sticks, reeds and grasses to create drawings of natural design.

Every week will consist of a different activity using various compositions and media to create a piece of artwork for the camp participants. Among the creative and traditional drawing techniques which will be incorporated into the camp curriculum are stippling, cross-hatching, shading, ink drawing, brush and ink wash, and watercolor. Sketchbooks will be displayed at the camp’s conclusion.

The new Drawing from Nature Youth Camp will be taught by Owens Adjunct Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts Gary Wittenmyer. Wittenmyer has garnered regional and national acclaim for his artistic expressions in gallery and art exhibitions in Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota. His work currently appears at the Toledo Museum of Art in the Collector’s Corner location.

Registration for the camp is $125. For more information, or to register, call (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.