Acadiana Center for the Arts camp teaches kids to transform doodles

Children explored different art techniques and tools as they “transformed their doodles” into stickers, bookmarks, placemats and larger-than-life replicas at the Acadiana Center for the Arts this week.

AcA kicked off its summer camp sessions with “Transform Your Doodles” for campers ages 6-12. While learning to bring their drawings to life, they also worked on critical thinking skills, collaboration and problem-solving.

The group started Monday with a blank page, drawing circles and turning them into donuts, faces and whatever they wanted. After the brainstorming doodle session, they took a photo of the drawing with an iPad and used a free digital art program called Fresco to color it with their fingers. By Friday they had turned their drawing into a sticker.

“Some were really different from what they started with,” said Bree Sargent, education director at AcA. 

That illustrated a lesson Sargent and camp leaders taught throughout the week — that art is a process.

“Kids are always on to the next thing,” Sargent said. “We’re urging them to think deeper and think more critically. In their sketchbooks they are asked to constantly go back to their design. It forces them into that deeper process.”

Camille and Milo watch as they laminate their projects Friday, June 11, 2021. Acadiana Center for the Arts kicked off its summer camp sessions this week with "Transform Your Doodles." Campers ages 6-12 brought their drawings to life in a new way using different tools to turn their artwork into stickers, bookmarks, stamps and larger-than-life replicas.

Teaching artist Hannah Gumbo led the class in an exercise in which they drew their five favorite things in an enlarged style and then overlapped them. It gave their final product, a painting on cardboard, a distorted effect, reminding the young artists that art doesn’t have to be perfect.

“People think if that artists wake up and are good at drawing,” she said. “I want them to not be afraid to do something new or weird-looking. I’m trying to get them out of the box.”