Teen offers arts class to elementary students

Plant-pastels logo            AFTON — Fifteen-year-old artist and Girl Scout Anna Craggs hosts an inaugural “Plants and Pastels” arts-in-nature camp for elementary school-age children at Afton State Park Aug. 12-15.

The curriculum for the week-long camp includes photography, pastel shading and clay, as well as other nature-inspired art projects. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 years from the Afton area are invited to attend free of charge thatnks to a generous grant by the Lower St. Croix Community Foundation.

“Plants and Pastels” art camp is an innovative, creative project put together by Craggs as part of the requirements for her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award offered by the Girl Scouts.

Members of Troop No. 50668 of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys are working on their “Take Action” projects to complete the award, including building homes for birds, traveling to Africa to help build resources and other projects with the goal of making a lasting difference in the local community, including provisions to ensure sustainability, inspiring and educating others while identifying links to each girl’s selected issue.

As an artist, Craggs is using her talents to help young children experience art through a variety of materials while using nature as their inspiration.

“During the camp, our students will be surrounded by nature at Afton State Park while working on projects that help develop creativity and individual expression,” Craggs said. “I have loved being an artist since I was young and I know there are increasing limitations to the art education process, so I hope this camp offers further chances for kids to learn new ways to express themselves.”

The camp is free to the first 15 children who register. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students must live in the Lower St. Croix Valley area, have transportation to Afton State Park, located at 6959 Peller Ave. South in Hastings, and must provide their own lunch. Registrations are taken via email at plantsandpastels@gmail.com.

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