It was all art, all the time, during 2017 Spring Break week when Baxter's Corner led an art camp for children ages 8 to 13 at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Louisville, Ky., which serves at-risk youth and their families.
This was the fifth camp that illustrator Mary Ellen Stottmann and author Linda Baker have led for The Patch. Together, Baker and Stottmann write and illustrate a series of children's books as partners of Baxter's Corner.
"We love working with the kids at The Patch," said Ms. Stottmann, or Chief Crayon, her company title. "With the goal of inspiring budding young artists and illustrators, we had hands-on stations where the kids learned how to mix color, develop patterns using warm and cool colors, and create animation through a progressive series of drawings."
The campers also visited the Speed Art Museum and toured the Kentucky College of Art & Design at Spalding University.
In addition to the art camp, Baker and Stottmann lead a week-long Young Storytellers camp at The Patch during the summer.
Baxter's Corner, a Louisville-based company, promotes the development of positive social interaction at an early age to help form the kind of interpersonal skills that affect behavior choices. Through meaningful and fun-filled stories, we prompt discussions between children and adults about values and ethics that can affect real change in today’s society.