Student summer camp art on view July 16 at St. Augustine Art Association

Frogs art by students in the St. Augustine's summer camp called 'Camphibians," on view from 5 to 7 p.m. July 16. Photo by Susan Brady

Frogs art by students in the St. Augustine’s summer camp called ‘Camphibians,” on view from 5 to 7 p.m. July 16. Photo by Susan Brady

From the St. Augustine Art Association

St. Augustine, FL — An exhibit of whimsical art by students from throughout St Augustine will be featured through Thursday, July 16th at the St Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St, downtown St Augustine.

Nearly 100 students attended art camp, taught by professional artists and educators.

This year’s themes included “Camphibians,” led by acclaimed graphic artists Don and Tina Trousdell.

The students learned about endangered frogs as they created mix-media artwork. According to Trousdell,  frogs and toads are dying off at alarming rates, meaning they could disappear in our lifetime.

Visitors will also enjoy Don Trousdell’s “Ribbet, Ribbet,” an educational collection of original cut-canvas art about frogs on display through July 17.

Ava Grzymkowski, a 5th grade student at Wards Creek Elementary School, and her mother visited the exhibit this weekend.
“It was my first time painting on canvas and I really had a lot of fun,” said the young Grzymkowski. “I’ll be back to camp next year.

“Thread to the Past,” a camp based on Native American art,  inspired students to create storytelling totems with fiber, photographs and ornaments. In the “Pirates of Pens and Brushes” camp, students created pirate costumes and portrait selfie paintings on canvas.

With the City celebrating its 450th Anniversary this year, students in the “Ancient City Superheroes” camp created papier mache’ “big heads” like those seen in local parades. Small ceramic obelisks were constructed in the “Monument Markers” camp, which also focused on the 450th.
All are invited to an open house art show from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the St Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., downtown St. Augustine. Reservations are requested. Please call 904-824-2310 or go to www.staaa.org.

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