Art camp at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council is underway and executive director Julie Crouch said the group welcomed more than 80 campers for two, week-long sessions.

"This is something the council does every year and every year it continues to grow," she said. "In the three years I've been with CTFAC, we've filled up every summer."

Crouch said the organization never turns interested campers away, however. 

"When we fill up, we just add more sessions or whatever it takes," she said. "We have amazing volunteers and camp leaders who work hard to make sure every camper goes away with new knowledge as an artist, no matter how full we are."

This summer, the more than 80 campers are divided into morning and afternoon sessions with no divisions by age. Crouch age-based classes are something that is being considered for the future. 

"We have so many kiddos who come back year after year for this camp," Crouch said. "It's not just the local kids either. Two of the campers are from Georgia and are here visiting their grandparents who live in Stephenville." 

Katie Lively said she loves coming to the art camp. 

"My favorite thing is making stuff pretty, and at art camp you can make everything pretty, like this plan white shirt," Lively said as she prepared a shirt to be tie-dyed.

Each year, campers design shirts to take home. 

"I've seen shirts on kids from five or six years ago that they've kept and worn this week," she said. "It's so neat to see the impact a few hours a day for a week can have on a kid."

Crouch said the camp is lucky to have two art teachers from Stephenville ISD leading the camp with high school art students serving as volunteer assistants. 

"That's the most fun thing about this camp besides just having the kids here," Crouch said. "The fact that we are helping introduce these kids to art and a love of the arts, something we hope they take with them into the world to leave their marks."