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ART BEAT: Hudgens Center's summer programming approaches a sold-out status

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Special Photo The Hudgens Center for the Arts hosts summer camps to let children create art in various mediums.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts has been offering summer camps for many years with great success, and this year is no different. In fact, the camp, which began June 2, was completely sold out with 45 students. The goal is to have all camps for the summer filled, so the few spots that remain need to be claimed as soon as possible.

The response to the camps has been enthusiastic, according to parents. Some of the messages the Hudgens Center has received from parents are, "Beyond what we could have asked for" and "Our kids asked when they can do it again. They loved it and are so proud of their work. Thank you!"

With that type of recommendation, it is no wonder the camps are filling up or actually sold out. However, there are a few spots left in the color wheel camp for ages 5-12. These camps are offered each week in June. Children rotate through three classes every day which consist of drawing and painting, mixed media and pottery.

Summer pottery camps are also "almost sold out," but have a few spaces available. These camps are for kids age 8-14 and are offered in July. However, the first week is full. There are spaces available for the remaining weeks. In this camp, children are offered a handbuilding class and a pottery wheel class every day. Emphasis is placed on technique.

At the Hudgens, the adults are not left out, either. There are many art opportunities, especially in the pottery department and one-day workshops. Two of the pottery classes are taught in Korean.

Eight weeks of classes for adults include beginning and intermediate pottery wheel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays, there are numerous pottery classes such as "Introduction to Pottery" and "Wheelthrowing," "Beginning Handbuilding" and intermediate and advanced pottery wheel. Fridays offer another intermediate and advanced pottery wheel and handbuilding with slabs.

Wednesdays and Thursdays also offer opportunities for adults who wish to venture into other media. Wednesdays offer classes such as "Summer Studio Painting for Oil and Acrylic," "Drawing and Painting the Natural World" and "Watercolor Painting-All Levels."

Thursday classes include "Portrait and Figure Painting After the Masters" and "Creative Drawing and Painting."

Another benefit of taking classes at the Hudgens Center is that before or after class, students can visit the many art exhibitions that are ongoing in the Hudgens' many galleries.

Beginning Saturday, there is the "Hudgens Prize" exhibition in the Fowler and Kistner Galleries, plus the humorous and inventive "Pulp Portraits and 2013 Altered Book Exhibition" from the Gwinnett Library in the Georgia Gallery, and selections from the Permanent Collection in the Rowe Promenade along with the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival Student Competition winners.

The Hudgens Center is located in the Gwinnett Center complex at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Building 300 in Duluth. For more information and to register for camps and classes, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.