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Students can explore Central America in Arts Center class

July 30, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

Young artists can learn about another part of the world without even leaving town during a special summer camp at the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins.

"Travel Central America! And ... Come Back with Souvenirs!" for kindergarten through fifth grades with teacher Holly Hinkle will meet Aug. 812 from 35 p.m. each day.

Students can join Hinkle for an excursion through the lands and cultures of Mexico and Central America. Students will experience the various regions and learn about the folk art and folk art toys that make each place unique.

During the course of the camp, students will construct their own folk art souvenirs based on their journeys. A variety of mediums will be explored including paper clay, three dimensional sculpture work, painting, fabric, recycled items, wood, tin and more.

Hinkle works as a visual artist out of her log cabin home in Dryfork. She has previously taught Elementary School and most recently worked with ArtsBank.

Her recycled environmentally friendly artwork is juried into Tamarack, and can be found at various other galleries throughout West Virginia. Hinkle creates brightly painted freestanding sculptures and wall sculptures out of repurposed wood.

She also is known for her intricate pen and ink drawings.

There is a fee to participate.

Class tuition is due when registering for class in order to reserve your space. Credit and debit cards are accepted. For complete details, go to or call 304-637-2355.

The Arts Center encourages residents to take advantage of the Bring a Friend discounts, which allows anyone who registers for a regularly priced class or summer camp to sign up a friend for half price. Payment for both students is due at the time of registration. Credit and debit cards will be accepted over the phone. The Bring a Friend discount applies to all Summer classes and Summer Camps with the exception of pottery classes and the Betty Carr Workshop.

All RCCAC Art Education programs are sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and by Parrack Insurance. Scholarship funds have been provided in part by the Carol Lambert Judy Scholarship Fund and El Gran Sabor's El Gran Fest.

The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins.



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