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Storytelling in many forms

Youths explore a variety of media in arts council camps

The Greater Denton Arts Council opens its weeklong summer arts camps on Monday. “Once Upon a Time” is the theme for all camps, offered for ages 5 to 14 at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

The camps end on Friday, June 14, with short performances at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for parents, guardians and friends.

Polly Maynard will teach “Sonic Storytelling” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 8 and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 9 to 14.

Students will learn to play melodies, bass lines and chords on the acoustic guitar. Campers will also make percussion instruments, play rhythmic games and write a story to which they’ll add sound effects. Cost is $55 for council members, $60 for non-members.

“Invent, Create and Tell a Story,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will help children ages 5 to 8 explore fairy tales and storytelling through art. Cost is $55 for council members, $60 for non-members. A $5 supply fee is included.

Kelley McGee and Lindsey Garrison will teach “Storytelling Through Art” for ages 9 to 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Campers will use clay, paint, pencil, marker, paper and stamps to investigate storytelling. Cost is $55 for council members, $60 for non-members. A $5 supply fee is included.

Ages 5 to 8 can also attend “Be a Magical Storyteller” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In this camp, children will learn to tell stories with creative movement. The camp will also help children develop rhythm, posture and movement while also learning about dance styles including hip-hop, jazz and ballet.

The camp project will be doing simple dances, as well as making costumes and props. Campers should come wearing comfortable clothes or dancewear, jazz shoes or clean sneakers. Cost is $55 for council members, $60 for non-members.

Susan Marquis Friday will direct “Create a Snapshot of American Dancing” for ages 9 to 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers will learn different dance styles and create a montage to show the evolving trends in American dance. Choreography will be based on hip-hop, swing, modern, jazz and lyrical dance. Campers will also design a costume for the performance.

Campers should attend in comfortable clothing or dancewear, including stockings and either jazz shoes or clean sneakers. Cost is $55 for council members, $60 for non-members.

A limited number of scholarships are available. To register, visit http://bit.ly/ZPSAm3  to download the registration form. Forms should be dropped off at the Center for the Visual Arts between 1 and 5 p.m. today or Friday.

For more information, call 940-382-2787.

— Staff report