From cave walls to gallery walls: MU Summer Art camp for kids

Youngsters will have a rare opportunity to explore and try their hands at all kinds of art with one of the most popular professors at a Manchester University day camp June 16-20.

With patient mentoring by Ejenobo “Jena” Oke, children in grades 4 and 5 will explore cave paintings, masks and printmaking. They’ll learn storytelling in introductory art activities. Children in grades 6, 7 and 8 will explore techniques, from pinchpot pottery to bas-relief sculpture and mural collaboration.

The young students in both classes will learn how to journal – not only in writing, but also by drawing, painting and collage.

An accomplished artist, Oke began her teaching career with young students – 7th and 8th graders in Allen, Texas public schools. There, she was 2003 Teacher of the Year.

“I really love this age group,” says Oke, a Manchester graduate with a master’s degree in fine arts from Old Dominion University. “They are raw and eager, and their enthusiasm for life is contagious.”

Oke’s talent is diverse, with particular interest in fiber art. For MU, she teaches basic design, a first-year seminar on controversial art, crafts, ceramics, fabric decoration and the art of the book. She is University coordinator of galleries.

All classes take place in the University’s home for art and music study, Otho Winger Memorial Hall. The week concludes with a display in the adjacent Link Gallery. (Students keep f their projects.) The younger students meet in the morning, 9 a.m. to noon; the older students in the afternoon, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $99 per camper.

Register by June 6 at (click on Upcoming Events) or call 877-624-8378.

MU offers three other 2014 summer camps for kids: LEGO® camp on June 23-27, Culinary 101 on June 30-July 2 and Bakery 101 on July 14-16.

Learn more about all 2014 summer camps and register online at, 877-624-8378 or

May 2014

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