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Art Camp Colors Their World
The City of Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department offered the second session of its popular 'Color My World' Art Camp from Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 15 at the Riverbank Scout Hall.

Cindy Alcaraz-Whiteley, a program specialist for the city and one of the directors of the camp, said 24 students ages 6 to 13 enrolled for the latest session.

Alcaraz-Whiteley has also hosted art classes at Riverbank High and other schools. She said the young students attending the camp had made quite a bit of progress.

"They're learning to draw what they actually see," she said.

One of the highlights of the class occurred when Alcaraz-Whiteley arranged for a live model to come into class to pose for students. The student's artwork of the model decorated one of the walls of the Scout House, displaying vivid drawings of a young lady with a ponytail wearing a 'peace sign' shirt.

"Every one of them came with amazing talent," Alcaraz-Whiteley said of the students. "They're all so advanced."

Grace Avila, 10, of Riverbank was one of the students attending the art camp. She was introduced to art when her mother took an art class from Alcaraz-Whiteley a few years ago.

"I like to do the sketching," Grace said, displaying her work.

Another art camp will be held in the fall. Contact the City of Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department for more information.