Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Youth find their inner artist

 

By Devin Corbitt

 Journal Reporter

  Tap Tap Art School returned to Belton last week for the final programs of the summer. For an hour and a half each day, students were taught different artistic methods and styles, which were then shown off on Friday evening at Arusha’s Coffee in downtown Belton.

 “For a program we weren’t sure we were going to run, it’s been great,” said Matt Bates, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Belton.

  This time around, Tap Tap Art School’s director Amelia Rabroker introduced two new themes: All that Glitters and Shines and ABC Art: Architecture, Bookmaking and Collage.

“We had a lot of repeat students this time, and even one student who was in the Harker Heights program,” Rabroker said. “I try not to do the same themes so [students] can go to all they can and not get bored.”

  All that Glitters and Shines was designed for ages 6-8. Each project features something shiny, including glitter glue and metallic paints. Nine students signed up for the class, and they were able to work with multiple artistic mediums such as paint, clay and chalk.

  ABC Art was offered to 7-12 year olds and featured a tour through downtown Belton during the ‘Architecture’ portion of the class. Students also worked with a variety of mediums, most notably recycled products that were used to fashion buildings.

Brothers Royal and Kavrin participated in the ABC Art program. Their favorite part of the week was unanimously the tour of Belton and being able to take notes of all the architectural structures they were shown.

  Royal also particularly enjoyed crafting his clay castle, which he set apart from the crowd with a few unique carvings.

“I like castles,” he said. “I got to paint it with different colors and I got to put stuff on it. I marked in Batman and a skeleton. I put the skeleton because they said it was a haunted castle.”

Kavrin, on the other hand, is most proud of his building made from recycled materials. His building was modeled after the Belton Library and shows off his very patriotic nature.

“I painted it like the United States,” he said. “I really like [the building] because I like the United States of America.”

Though Tap Tap Art School will not return to Belton this summer, Rabroker certainly plans to come back in the near future. Be on the lookout for Saturday workshops scattered throughout the school year!