“That was so fun!”
“Is there a sign up sheet for next year?”
“Why can’t this be every week for the summer?”

These were just a few of the comments overheard at Trinity Lutheran, Lebanon’s Art Camp as it came to a close this summer. In its second year, Holy Trinity’s week-long art camp was spent with a full house of campers who met for morning devotions and learned new prayer practices. The prayer practices helped them focus their attention on emotions and offered tools for overcoming fear, anxiety, and pain while practicing gratitude and joy. Exploring emotions did not end there; the art curriculum used color and art to dig even deeper. Each day, campers creatively engaged several full art projects, including canvas paintings. The week concluded with a community art show that revealed all of the amazing fruit from the week.

The inspiration for this art camp grew out of a conversation between Pr. Gretchen Ierien and teacher, Kelly Gatto. While Kelly is not an art teacher, she has always felt drawn towards teaching. Pastor Ierien invited her to use holy imagination and explore her art teaching gifts. Now having completed their second camp, the combination of Kelly’s passion for art and Pastor Gretchen’s gift for teaching faith practices supported by a whole community of supportive volunteers, this camp is now finding its stride.