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Creative York is offering week-long summer day camp programs featuring a variety of arts.
Chris Dunn, York Daily Record

 

In one room downstairs Thursday at Creative York, almost a dozen students shaped clay into abstract coils or turreted castles.

Next door, Allison Seitz directed a trio of students into shaping a clay vessel for their first time at the potter’s wheel.

“It’s a little harder since you guys don’t drive,” Seitz said as the students — ages 8 through 10 — pumped a foot pedal to control speed while using their hands to center and shape the clay on the wheel. “But whenever I’m driving somewhere, I’m not thinking about pushing my foot on the pedal. I just do it.”

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The clay class is one of about 20 week-long “Arts Discovery Camps” summer programs Creative York is offering children ages 5-14 through the beginning of August. Topics range from writing to fiber art to theater.

Summer camps and programs are in full swing around the county now that students are out of school.

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Seitz, who is an art educator during the school year, said the clay program offers both structure and freedom.

“It’s not like school where everyone has to make this, and everybody’s is going to look the same, and everybody’s is going to be this color,” Seitz said. “They have a chance to experiment with the clay. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t.”

Registration, which is required one week before a class begins, remains open for remaining Creative York summer programs. More information can be found at creativeyork.org/classes/summercamps/ or by calling 717-848-3200.

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