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Summer camps under way at art museum

Children participate in a summer arts camp at

Children participate in a summer arts camp at the Islip Art Museum. (June 28, 2011) Credit: Alexi Knock

Loretta Corbisiero clears colored pencils and water paint from a picnic table just off a lake as children from her art camp line up to show her their completed works.

Her class of 7- to 12-year-olds is tucked away in Brookwood Park of East Islip among geese, chirping birds and elaborately painted trash cans.

“We take them around the lake to be inspired by nature,” she said.

Since 2005, Corbisiero, 46, of Islip, has been director of summer camps for children and teens at Islip Art Museum. Each week-long session begins with a tour of the contemporary exhibit at the Islip Art Museum. And at the end of every week, a classroom in the museum is converted into an art studio where students are able to display their pieces for family.

The museum offers over a dozen camps for children, teens and adults ranging from contemporary art to fashion design. The camps for kids range in price from $75-$250. Each year the classes have a different theme based on the exhibit in the museum.

Some camps are basic while others provide knowledge about art that is “more outside of the box,” Corbisiero said.

Islip Art Museum, located in the historical Brookwood Hall that once housed an orphanage, provides a new exhibit each summer from which the camps base their theme. This year, the museum is displaying Flag Day.

Derrek Shapiro, a student in Corbisiero’s Funtastic Art Camp, isn’t into sports and would much rather spend a day drawing his flag than dribbling a ball. Shapiro, 8, is able to join 14 others his age in creating works of art in the sun.

“Drawing is my favorite thing to do and it actually feels really nice outside,” Shapiro said.

Inside, art enthusiasts can view the Flag Day exhibit as well as the large-scale modern art in the Carriage House, a converted space that provides artists from all over the world a place to live and express themselves.

“Most of these kids have never been exposed to modern art like this,” Corbisiero said. “The camps let them know that this stuff is out there.”

For more information, visit the Islip Art Museum’s website.

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