Kids from around East Texas cut, pasted, painted and drew their own creations during two art camps this week at Tyler Junior College.

Campers ages 8 through 12 participated in the eighth annual Petite Picassos art camp, learning Picasso-style drawing, painting, collage-making and more.

Nine-year-old camper Raleigh Prater incorporated magazine clippings of flowers, butterflies, rainbow leaves and the word “love” into her collage. She said her favorite part about creating art was that “you just get to mess with your imagination and do whatever you want.”

Camp instructor and local artist Sylvia Morse, who helped develop Petite Picassos art camp, said the goal of the camp is to instill “the desire to always make art” in the children who attend.

Artist Michael Morse, Sylvia’s son, led a Watercolor and Acrylic Painting art camp for older campers, ages 11 through 14. His campers worked on painting still life, nature from memory, abstract works and more using the two paint mediums.

Michael Morse said his campers ultimately “learn some cool new ways to make art that they may not have learned on their own.”

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