LA CRESCENTA — Ten-year-old Alexia Ouzounian was applying the finishing touches to her homemade scarf Thursday, the last day of art camp.
In between scrunching its corners and applying purple spray paint, the Fremont Elementary School student said her summer at the Summer Art Camp for Tweens and Teens was full of new techniques and projects she doesn't see during the rest of the year.
"There's been a lot more this summer," she said. "All of [the projects] are fun, but I like the ones where you have to work with your hands."
But more than that, the roughly dozen teenagers and pre-teens enrolled in the art camp can take ownership of their projects. Instructor and camp operator Libby Ellis said the camp is more collaboration than it is teacher-to-student interaction.
"It's about confidence and trusting your intuition, and knowing when something's done," she said. "They get to say, 'No, I'm the creator. You have to trust me.' It can be very empowering."