The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council plays host to many events, including two-hour art camps this summer.
The first camp runs until June 27, five days a week, and has two sessions, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for children 5 to 10 years old and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 11 and up.
The participants make their own projects that range from ceramics to watercolor. At the end of camps a group photo is taken and each person decorates their own frame.
"We have 80 kids enrolled in this first camp, 40 in the morning and 40 in the afternoon," said Julie Crouch, the executive director of the CTFAC.
Each camp is taught by art teachers and they also have high school volunteers who help.
Crouch talked about how in school kids have to split their time between music and art, so the kids are excited because they get two hours of art at the camp.
Liz Meiron and Miller Wells are two staff members who have worked at the camps for multiple years.
Meiron is a sixth grade art teacher at Gilbert Intermediate School and has been working Paint the Town for three years.
This will be Wells' fourth art camp as he is a well known, wonderful artist and is great with the kids says Crouch, “He's the ‘art whisperer,” she said.
Making its first appearance at the art camp is a brand new kiln for firing ceramics.
Crouch says before this they had to borrow the school's kiln and it would take a significant amount of time going back and forth. The new kiln can hold multiple projects and takes several hours to finish and cool down, but the end result is art that will last for each child.
The next art camp will begin July 7 check date? with the same times and ages as the current camp. Camps are $75 per child and is located at CTFAC on River North Blvd. CTFAC also holds other events including: exhibits, Paint the Town and member programs.