Foothills Arts Council News

The Foothills Arts Council’s after-school art program is taking sign-ups now for Art Quest with Jan Gillam.

There are two sessions left this school year, the four-week session in April and the four-week session in May. Students may sign up for either or both. The classes are held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the arts council building, 129 Church St., Elkin. For grades fourth and up, the class is held on Mondays; for grades first through third the class is on Tuesdays. Sign up by calling 336-835-2025 or emailing Tuition is $40 for each four-week session. Space is limited so those interested must sign up.

What would summer be without art? Well, that’s the thinking at the arts council anyway, so organizers have several fun things planned. There are still a few spaces available in Foothills Theatre’s three-week daycamp, Kidshop Theatre. The daycamp meets from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 13 through July 1. Kidshoppers learn all there is to know about putting on a production from learning songs, dances and lines to creating sets, props and costume pieces. The daycamp culminates in a show at the First Baptist Church Elkin fellowship hall at 7 p.m. July 1 and at 5 p.m. July 2. Tuition is $120. Registration form can be found on the council’s website.

KidsFest, the free children’s art festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 9 in the garden. Be watching for more details.

Summer Art at FAC will be held July 18-21. Art teacher Jan Gillam will be holding sessions according to age throughout the day for these four days — rising first- and second-graders from 9 to 11 a.m.; rising third- through fifth-graders from 1 to 3 p.m.; and rising sixth-graders and up from 4 to 6 p.m. Summer art will provide the instruction, materials and inspiration to keep fueling a child’s creativity. Lots of fun projects including, for the older kids, creation of a Kandinsky-style mural to display in the front yard of the Foothills Arts Council. Tuition is $65. Registration form can be found on the website. Space is limited so register early.

For more details about these programs and upcoming events, see the website at and like the arts council on Facebook. The Foothills Arts Council is appreciative for the generous support of the town of Elkin, Surry County, the Yadkin Valley United Fund, the NC Grassroots Program, business sponsors, and individual members who all help paint the community canvas with art.

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