Beginning Monday, July 11, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a week-long summer art camp for kids. Led by artist Avis Turner, the Alphabets, Animals and Architecture camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon daily through Friday, July 15, at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Union and Grace streets.

Children age 5 to 7 years old are invited to join this week-long adventure. Participants will learn about the Artist’s Alphabet and ways to use dots, lines, curves, spirals and angles for creative drawing. They also will look at and create fancy cats and tigers, koi fish and other animals. The world of architecture will be explored through learning basic terms and forms such as arches, domes, columns, cantilevers, etc. Students will be inspired by the beautiful, whimsical buildings and roo top gardens of the Austrian architect Hundertwasser.

Using architecture blocks, students will have time to build, exploring their own ideas and forms. This will culminate in mixed media architectural drawings of their own using the Artist’s Alphabet. Every student will keep a portfolio to bring home at the end of the week.

Turner is an artist and educator with an associate’s degree in early childhood development, a bachelor’s in art education, an MFA in Sculpture and more than years experience. Folding poetry, storytelling, science, math, nature and music into her art lessons, she seeks to open each student to their fullest creative potential. Turner also is a mixed media visual artist and sculptor, whose home, studio and gardens are tucked into Rockland's south end.

Cost for this program is $160, $130 for museum members. For more information or to register, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or