Puppet camps be part of lineup at YAC this summer months – The Oxford Eagle

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is excited to kick off our new summer season camps. Each summer, little ones from the Lafayette County local community invest their days finding out about arts and crafts, theatre, and so a lot extra.

Commencing June 6, Nancy Opalko, previous Oxford Librarian, is signing up for the Arts Council to host a wide variety of Puppet Camps. Fairytale puppet camp is scheduled for June 6th- 10th. Introduction to Shadow Puppetry will be the 7 days of July 18 – 22 from 8 a.m. – midday. The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council encourages learners to investigate their creativity in additional techniques than a single exterior of the regular brush and canvas. 

Nancy Opalko starts off just about every camp by introducing a new tale to the young children participating. As they indulge in the story, the little ones are questioned to pay attention to characters they want to portray as puppets. All components are provided for making the puppets, stage, back ground, and props.

The small children have the option to make stick or paper bag puppets. Practice for the clearly show commences instantly immediately after the generation of the puppets. The clearly show is executed for the moms and dads at the stop of the camp at pickup. Nancy was the librarian for the public library for above 25 many years. Throughout her time as a librarian, she included puppetry and arts in craft into the curriculum.

Nancy expressed, “While I was training, the Art’s Council was amazing about offering a grant that we could apply for that authorized for us to host a summer time studying workshop for pupils as nicely as an artwork method exactly where pupils could partake in quilting and pottery. The changeover from staying a librarian to an instructor in the sense of serving to me get scheduling down for the finest time for dad and mom and learners. I believe that YAC features anything for absolutely everyone and that is why I wanted to host my initial solo puppet lessons at their venue.” 

The Arts Council hosts activities in a wide range of spaces from the Powerhouse Neighborhood Arts Center, the classrooms positioned at the Lafayette County Multi-Purpose Arena and at the Outdated Armory Pavilion. Ranging from science classes, acting, and visible artwork lessons these community spaces  will be crammed with seems of summer months camps.

Visit www.oxfordarts.com to register for courses less than “2022 Creative Arts Summer Camps”. Mentioned beneath are all of the prospects for you and your loved types to examine this summer time. 


“We are in a position to offer so a lot of distinctive classes” shared Caitlin Hopper, Operations Director for the Arts Council “due to various curiosity of LOU citizens.”   The Arts Council assists those in search of to share their competencies, information or arrange a team with a shared curiosity by giving spaces and support.  “Local chefs have provided cooking lessons, seamstresses sewing classes, cocktail classes from area bartenders.  YAC has supported producing and poetry groups.  If you have an fascination in presenting a class YAC delivers the resources and areas.”


Early Fowl Camp, Could 23rd – 27th

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Sounds Scrumptious-Foodstuff in Art Camp, Might 31st – June 3rd

(shut Memorial Working day, Could 30th)

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Fairy tale pup camp, June 6th – 10th 


Science and Art Camp, June 6th – 10th

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Animalia! Animals in Artwork, June 13th – 17th

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Art-titecture-Buildings in Art Camp, June 20th – 24th


Portraits in Artwork Camp, June 27th – July 1st

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Sketch, Doodle, and Attract Camp, July 5th – 8th

(shut July 4th)

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Mix it Up-Blended Media Art Camp

July 11th-15th

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Paint Get together Art Camp

July 18th-22th

8 am-12 pm or 8 am-5 pm


Intro to shadow puppetry, July 18th – 22nd,

8 am – 12 pm 


Last Get in touch with-Adventures in Artwork Camp, July 25th-29th

8-12 pm or 8-5 pm


Fairytale Puppetry Workshop, June 6-10th

Situations: 8-12pm

Ages: 4-12


Intro to Shadow Puppetry, July 18th-22nd

Periods: 8 am-12pm

Ages: 4-12


Grownup Classes 

Dates: June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Moments: 6:30-8:30 pm

Area: The Lafayette County Arena Multipurpose Rooms

Teacher: Joe Stinchcomb