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Student Experience Art on Spring Break

The Modern's art camp huge hit with kids



    While most students spent the week outside of the classroom, nearly three dozen children experienced art at the Modern Art Museum during spring break.

    The 32 Fort Worth Independent School District students spend the week at the Modern's 2011 Art Camp.

    "I thought it was going to be boring, but it's really fun in here," one fourth-grader said.

    Students split time between the classroom and the museum halls.

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    In the museum, they looked at the pieces of art on display and then used what they saw in their own works back in the classroom.

    "We're making like little dolls, but mine is going to be an angel, dark," one third-grader said.

    The students excelled in their art classes in school and were encouraged to apply by their art teachers or principals. The camp is free.

    "We hope that it does offer them something they might not otherwise have access too," said Terri Thornton, the Modern's curator of education.

    She said she hopes the experience keeps them open to their creative abilities and coming back to the Modern.

    "This museum is theirs," Thornton said. "It's in their hometown, and we hope it encourages them to come back and bring their families."

    The students worked on everything from paintings to drawings and even learned how to sew.

    "Pretty much everybody didn't know how to sew, so they learned how to do hand-stitching, and they learned how to make an object out of fabric, and this is something they can take home and do themselves," said Jill Foley, instructor and artist.

    The Modern staff members said they hope the students will carry the week's experience throughout their lives perhaps become artists one day.