Trigg County children enjoy Jumpin’ July painting class
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 19, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Traffic slowed down a bit on Main Street Friday morning as curious drivers glanced over to see what was happening in front of the Janice Mason Art Museum.

Eight children were sitting on the sidewalk under a canopy trying to compose their canvas. Although they were all looking at the same group of flowers, each of the kids was creating a vastly different picture.

“Their paintings will be really nice, I can promise you,” said Peggy Kemp, who was teaching the class in outdoor painting for kids from grades five to eight.

The class was a part of the museum’s “Jumpin’ July” programs, which have been going on almost every day since July 5.

Kemp, who used to teach art at Trigg County High School as well as the elementary school, said that kids were better than adults when it comes to learning about how to paint. She said adults are self-conscious and worried about pleasing others with their work. Kids just take a chance and do what they can.

Kemp handed out wet towels for the kids to use after they composed their paintings with a stick of charcoal. As hot as was, some of them improvised a cooling-off technique.

“You can wipe the charcoal off your finger, but you might want to wipe your face first,” Kemp said laughing.

Kemp talked about what a great class the kids made and how there wasn’t a single one there who wasn’t focused on what they were doing. She remarked how the children were so completely consumed with the compositions on their papers that they weren’t even talking to one another. Quite a rare thing for kids that age.

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