ROCK HILL, S.C. - For some 300 Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill and Fort Mill middle-schoolers, the "lazy days" of summer will be filled with artistic exploration.
These gifted and talented students, all in grades 6-8 and chosen during spring 2011 tryouts, will spend three weeks on Winthrop's campus studying dance, music, drama and visual arts as part of the 23rd annual Summer ST-ARTS Program.
Approximately 50 talented artists and teachers will work with these students from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each weekday through June 24. As part of the ST-ARTS curriculum, students study their "major" arts area and spend time experiencing a "minor" art as well. Also part of the curriculum are three Saturday workshops and the opportunity for participating students to attend more than 20 arts performances.
ST-ARTS emphasizes guiding students through the process of conceptualizing and creating art. The S.C. State Department of Education has cited Winthrop's summer arts program as a model, and ST-ARTS was a 1993 nominee for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for excellence in arts education. Winthrop's College of Visual and Performing Arts and participating school districts in York and Lancaster counties sponsor ST-ARTS.
Contact Don Rogers, Department of Music chair, at 803/323-2255 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about ST-ARTS.