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      Free art camp gives kids learning and fun during the summer

      Kids aged five to 14 learn how to draw and paint at a free art workshop put on by Iowa Kids University.

      Finding ways to keep the kids busy in the summer can be difficult and, sometimes, expensive. But for several years, a free program put on by Iowa Kids University has been there to help.

      An art workshop for kids age five to 14 is held two or three times a summer and is completely free for kids to attend. The kids get to learn how to paint and draw, as well as have fun with their friends at the same time. We asked this year's group what they learned and what their favorite part about camp is.

      "What I've learned so far is how to do the shading and cross-shade," said Alexis Kleinfelder. "I think that this is more a fun thing and a learning thing."

      "The painting, how we get to experience different things going on and have fun with all the other kids around, just hanging around with them," said Melissa Gomez.

      "When we always do the art projects," said Kevin Kleinfelder.

      The kids were also treated to a belly dancing performance by Sherry Stanley and got to learn a little bit about the history of the dance.

      There will be another free art workshop held at the Iowa State Extension office in Ottumwa on Monday, June 24 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

      Older kids are welcome to come and volunteer, as well as parents. You can sign your child up for the workshop on Monday, or call Sue Huff in advance at 641-680-2013.

      For more information about Iowa Kids University, visit their Facebook page.