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Art Center offers Spring Break Creative Intensive to kids

Jessica Cabe
jcabe@postindependent.com
Josefina Gordh will be leading the classes for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts' three-day Spring Break Creative Intensive from March 25-27. Gordh is a professional artist who works in ceramics
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Who: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

What: Spring Break Creative Intensive

When: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25-27

Where: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

How Much: $70 per day or $180 for all three

Christina Brusig, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, knows that just because kids go on spring break doesn’t mean parents do.

So she wanted to offer parents a safe place to send their children, and also an opportunity for young people to nurture their creativity and learn a variety of artistic disciplines in more detail than they would usually be able to.

To achieve all these goals, the Center for the Arts is offering a three-day Spring Break Creative Intensive for children 8 to 12 years old. Parents can sign their kids up for one, two or all three classes, but space is limited to 10 students per day.

The first day, March 25, focuses on 2-D art, like painting, drawing, collage or mixed media. March 26 is all about ceramics, where kids will learn handbuilding, sculpting and wheel throwing techniques. And March 27 will focus on textile art.

“We’ve been doing spring break camps for years now; however, we’ve never, ever introduced textile art until this year,” Brusig said. “So I would almost say this is a brand new thing.”

The creative intensive will be taught by a new addition to the Center for the Arts faculty, Josefina Gordh. Gordh was hired about two months ago and is an expert textile artist. Brusig said the intensive wouldn’t be possible without her.

“It was based on her skill set — which of course is in ceramics and art and in textiles — and on really wanting to introduce her as a new teacher to the community in more of an intensive instead of just, come in and take an hour-long class,” Brusig said. “The takeaway for them will be huge.”

Gordh is originally from Sweden, and she’s studied traditional art and ceramics in Japan. She recently moved to the valley in October. She had work in the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ “Deck the Walls” holiday show, but she wanted to do more.

“I’m an artist, I have a background in teaching art, and I wanted to get involved in this community,” Gordh said.

In addition to teaching the creative intensive, Gordh also leads the Center’s program through the libraries, Painting Pages, and she does outreach enrichment classes. She said this creative intensive is a great opportunity for kids to grow.

“They’ll learn something here,” Gordh said. “If they like art and creativity, it’s a wonderful place to be. They’ll be able to create and learn new things.”

Brusig said about half the spots are already filled for the intensive, but parents can register their children all the way up until Tuesday, March 24, as long as there is still room available.

“It’s really rare to find a camp that focuses on one medium for a full day, and out of that they’ll get a lot done,” Brusig said. “They’ll have a big project at the end of each day, which is what I think is cool for the kids.”


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