New exhibit showcases artists from Farmington Hills camps

A new exhibit at the Farmington Hills City Gallery in the Costick Center showcases the work of children who’ve participated in the city’s arts camps.

Farmington Hills Kids Art Camp
Young artists paint on the grounds of Heritage Park in Farmington Hills. (City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division)

But getting those young artists to part with their treasured paintings and sculptures for “Kids Gone Creative” wasn’t easy.

“Not everybody wants to leave their pieces behind,” Cultural Arts Coordinator Jessica Guzmán said. “It makes them sad.”

Kids Gone Creative
These papier-mâché sculptures are part of the City Gallery exhibit.

About 15 of the nearly 50 kids who attended Camp Creative and Wild at Sea have works on display. Both camps were focused on visual arts, like painting and sculpture.

Wild at Sea turtle
This sculpture, created during the Wild at Sea camp, is part of the Kids Gone Creative exhibit. (City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division)

New this year, Wild at Sea was supported in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Alumni Association, in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Instructor Stephen Kade, a Dearborn Schools teacher and longtime participant in Art on the Grand, brought what he learned during the 2018 NOAA Teacher at Sea program to campers.

Farmington Hills Wild at Sea camp
Young artists made prints using fish during the Wild at Sea camp. (City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division)

“The camp was used to teach about ocean life, recycling and how it impacts the environment, and the ecosystem, all through art,” Guzmán said.

Kids Gone Creative camp art
Young artists collaborated on this abstract painting by tossing balloons filled with paint a pin-studded canvas.

The exhibit also includes camp photos and a television screen looping a video about Wild at Sea. It’s open through August 2 during gallery hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Costick Center is located at 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.

Guzmán said parents can still enroll their kids in summer arts camps. To learn more, visit

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