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North Battleford: Art and magic come together in one room

Enchanted Kingdom Art Camp provides participants with a chance to explore their creativity.

NORTH BATTLEFORD — To some, the word enchanted alludes to the notion of the magical, a place to explore mythical creatures and fantasy. The term can also mean to be filled with delight and charm.

No matter your definition of the word, both were on display on July 13 at the Don Ross Craft Room.

Throughout the afternoon, kids who were part of the session had the opportunity to participate in a number of art-making and decorating initiatives, including: pastel portraits, acrylic unicorn paintings, a collage and painting activity, and stamp-making.

The afternoon event is one of many being put on by the gallery over the summer.

By introducing participants to a variety of art mediums and methods, the objective is not to replicate the demonstrations, but rather to understand the process of expressing oneself, and in turn with the tools given, how to do that in a manner that suits the individual.

For curator and manager of galleries Leah Garven, the ability for not just youth, but for everyone to be able to express themselves in different ways provides both practical and mental benefits.

“Art-making involves people making choices, taking risks, experiments, and learning through problem-solving, all of which leads to a sense of accomplishment and pride.”

The process of discovering self-expression encourages creative thinking and develops life skills, and the feelings of joy and confidence are among the many that are forged.

The afternoon encouraged play, imagination, and “make-believe,” but there is nothing fabricated about the variety of programs going on this summer for young and old alike.

Whether it is the outdoor camp, the sewing camp, or a print-making camp, these are just a few of the opportunities that lie ahead for the general public.

Of particular to note, the River Valley Programming, which kickstarts a series of free events, begins July 27 down at Finlayson Island.

The first session will be led by local artist Holly Hildebrand, and will involve making a simple sketchbook in nature.

Although the program is free, the galleries do ask that people register in advance by calling 306-445-1760 or emailing or by registering on the City’s website > Parks and Recreation > Booking a Program > Art Programs.

The program times may vary in duration, some may be part of a singular event or batched into a series, but what remains constant is that no matter the level of commitment or degree of difficulty for participants, the galleries offer options to all the above.

Imagine the possibilities.

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