The Dr. June E. Baskin Art Camp was held at the Thomas T. Taber Museum during the week of June 19th to 23rd. The camp theme was ‘Arf! Roar! Tweet!—Animals, Animals, Animals.’ Seventeen students, going into grades 7-12 in the fall, were inspired by the taxidermy and animal artwork that was on exhibit in the community room.

Students created Picasso-inspired cardboard relief animal heads under the direction of Mrs. Bess Lowry, an elementary art teacher in the Montgomery Area School District. Students learned how to combine different media to create a Klimpt-inspired animal painting and an acrylic and charcoal animal painting from local artist and retired Southern Tioga Area School District art teacher, Mrs. Rita Bower. Mr. Steve Bower, a local artist and retired Southern Tioga Area School District art teacher and Mansfield University adjunct art professor, taught three pencil drawing lessons with the students. Students created an animal photobooth drawing, the community project and an oil pastel alebrije with Mrs. Victoria Stetts, retired Montoursville Area High School art teacher.

Each year, art teachers from the surrounding schools are asked to nominate one student to attend the camp. The camp is free and the students keep the art supplies so that they can continue their exploration of the media at home. Junior and Senior High Schools participating in the free camp were: Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Loyalsock, Montgomery, Montoursville and Muncy.

Their artwork will be on display in the community room of the Taber Museum during the month of September. A reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 on Sunday, September 10, 2023.