attending Visual and Performing Arts Camp at San
Fernando Senior Comprehensive School.
Stoute teaches a child at the camp to walk on stilts.
A conga line of little moko jumbies greeted the Guardian
team at the Visual and Performing Arts Kids Camp in San
Fernando last Friday, when toddlers and happy campers put
on a show for their parents and tutors.
At first glimpse you would have thought it was a childrens
carnival band jumping up on the compound of the San Fernando
Senior Comprehensive School.
On the lawn of the facility, children wearing stilts with
butterfly masks and wings made of coloured crepe paper,
pranced in the mid-afternoon sun.
But, according to director of the camp Deborah Hutchinson,
it was two weeks of happy work by the children, brought
to life by the sweet sounds of soca.
Hutchinson is a university-trained art teacher and author
of the book Colour Me Beautiful.
She said it was the yearning inside of her to promote love
and stamp out hate and violence that led to the idea of
opening such a camp.
According to Hutchinson, with very little camps in south
she had a successful registration process and accepted only
Together with other art teachers, Hutchinson found a convenient
location, imported art materials from the United States
and began the registration process.
Upon registration, campers were given a box filled with
art materials to create an Art Keeper, where all their precious
works are stored.
Every Friday they are allowed to take it home where it is
placed on exhibit.
can learn so much if they put art in their lives. It would
get rid of all the negatives. Children can concentrate and
put together their experience and their future on paper.
That is art, Hutchinson said.
helps ones temperament.
The camp, claimed by Hutchinson to being the first of its
kind locally, caters for children ages three to ten and
focuses on the worlds varying cultures, this countrys
environment and creating peace in our twin-island republic.
In addition, students are taken on field trips where they
sit and sketch landmarks and put together a scrapbook on
They engage in the construction of oriental Chinese garment,
decorate their classrooms with paper Egyptian pyramids,
dance and write Egyptian.
During the past week campers learnt the art of African and
tassa drumming, how to walk on stilts and how to put together
children go home learning something new every day,
However, she believes it was their trip to The Hanuman Murti
in Waterloo, which got the campers excited. Many, she said,
were left in awe. Once on the compound campers were challenged
to sketch the holy shrine on a piece of white paper using
we teach art, the children get their daily math and English.
Everything we teach here is based on the primary school
curriculum, Hutchinson said.
Encouraged by the success of this years camp, Hutchinson
is already planning next years event, which she says
will take place on a larger scale.