By Nick Nunn staff writer

During the month of June, local illustrator Lindy Burnett hosted “Camp Colorwheel,” four art camps dedicated to separate age groups, at her barn studio at 1970 Enterprise Road, Madison. The camps included a number of different skill-building activities, focusing on leadership skills, creating thinking through art and performance, and team building. Burnett said that she started holding the art camps in 2008 and that the program has grown “immensely” since then. “Out here at my barn studio on Enterprise Road on 50 acres we now offer a cool treehouse zipline, an artist-designed crazy waterslide, a crop circle, and so much more,” said Burnett.

“But mostly kids come into my studio and we create. We paint and get messy and play hard too, but everything we do is about the visual through the eyes of an artist.” “Most recently, we added a crude theater to the studio and we create plays that they make up, with homemade sets, props, and costumes.” The first week-long camp of the summer began on June 2, when Burnett invited the oldest campers of the program – sixth-graders through ninth-graders – to come out for an intensive art camp, building on the experiences of the campers in earlier years. The second week, designed for rising fifth-graders through rising eighth-graders, is the “bootcamp” program. During the bootcamp program, campers work on becoming “an artist who inspires.” “One of the most popular things we do is offer what we call ‘bootcamp,’” said Burnett.

“It is a leadership building, physical, challenging camp that turns campers into counselors. To be a counselor at Camp Colorwheel, one must first graduate from bootcamp. It is a ceremonious and exciting week that also creates a flow of good, paid counselors, who actually become very good friends. Nearly all are fro families living in Morgan County.” From June 16 to June 20, rising pre-K and first-grade students were invited to Camp Colorwheel , where they enjoyed creating through painting, drawing, 3-D art, and drama.

The final week of the program, June 23 through 27, invited rising second-graders through fourth-graders to come enjoy Camp Colorwheel. One facet of camp particular to this group was working on creating pieces of art that also serve a function. Camp Colorwheel is over for Summer 2014, but Burnett hosts an art academy program that extends the length of the school year. “My biggest source of pride is my art academy that is for kids all school year out here at the studio,” said Burnett. “It is an ambitious and rigorous program and lots of fun too. Our focus is creative thinking and will contribute to our kids being viable and imaginative adults.”