Another successful and rewarding year is winding down for Youth Arts. In this, the 40th year of providing art enrichment for the students of Camden and Rockport, as well as the high school, Youth Arts has been able to reach out to every grade from kindergarten through high school.

None of this could have been done without contributions from those in the surrounding communities.

Here is a glimpse into what Youth Arts has done during the 2012-2013 school year:

Camden-Rockport Elementary School

First grade: Celebration of the Rainforest. Each class took on the roll of one layer of the rainforest. Each layer had students representing either animal or plant life by wearing costumes. A large group performance included music and dance. Led by dance artist Vanessa Knause.

Multi-age: One day theater workshops led by Heartwood Theater.

Second grade: Worked with artists Lisa Newcomb and Jeff Densmore on African dance/movement and storytelling. Created animal masks in art class and used them as part of their performance for parents.

Third grade: Youth Arts sponsored the third-grade musical, “Our Home by the Sea,” at the Camden Opera House.

Third to fourth grade: Students participated in an after-school residency producing the play, “A Fairy Tale Tale.” Working with artist, Korinn Scattaloni, the students learned all aspects of play production which culminated with a performance of the play to an audience of family and friends.

Fourth grade: Steel Drumming Residency: Students were treated to a performance by Planet Pan, followed by all day workshops with the group. Students then worked with Mr. Dyer and local steel drumming performer, Celia Jones, on rental drums for several weeks. Students then performed in concert for family and friends.

Camden-Rockport Middle School

Fifth- to eighth-grade boys chorus: Participated in workshops and performed with the all male, a capella group, University of Maine Steiners.

Fifth-grade social studies: Students learned the history of samplers and learned to embroider their own with artist, Michele Orne.

Sixth-grade language arts: Students participated in a week-long writing residency working on putting voice in nonfiction writing. Artist: Fritz Burke

Eighth-grade science: Students authored and illustrated children’s books based on their study of different forms of energy (electrical, mechanical, wave, and chemical). Students worked with artists, Fran Hodkins and Steve Constanza. Once the books were completed, the students participated in a book share with elementary students at CRES.

Entire middle school attended the Irish Christmas Concert thanks to Bay Chamber and Youth Arts.

Camden Hills Regional High School

Grades 9-12 Spanish: Students enrolled in Spanish took Latin dance classes with instructor, Nohra Estes. Students then performed at an evening community event for students and parents.

Grades 9-12 art: Youth Arts sponsored several art workshops throughout the school year for students in Clay 1, Clay 2, Painting (watercolors & acrylic), 3-D Design and Photography. Various local artists participated.

For more information about Youth Arts and to donate, please visit youthartsmaine.org.