Fun With Art – Learning As A Lifestyle

By: Wanda Campbell

At the Athens State Center for Lifelong Learning, we offer programs for adults and children. We have been hosting pottery classes at the Alabama Center for the Arts for two years. We offer both the Introduction to Pottery and an Introduction to Wheel Throwing. They have become very popular. This summer we will introduce Raku Pottery, a low firing method that involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Watch the website – – for more information or call 256-233-8260.

In May, we will introduce 3-D Art for adults. This class is also for beginners and includes a lawn sculpture made from papier mâché and an introduction to macramé. Class is scheduled Mondays, May 6t – June 3r, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Alabama Center for the Arts.

Our Blacksmith class is another popular class. This ancient art is for the person who wants to build with their hands. The class teaches the basic blacksmithing techniques of forging metal using tools to hammer, bend, and shape. Watch the website for the next class.

We are excited to offer Summer Camps for kids again this year at Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Complete information is available on our website – – or call us at 256-233-8260 to register. Here are the camps that we will be offering in June.

SPORTS CAMPS, for ages 8-13, will include Archery Camp-Level 1 and Level II, both at the Carter Gym on the Athens State campus. Archery Camps are during the first two weeks of June from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and snacks will be provided daily. Archery Camp-Level 2 will experience advanced emphasis in the areas of form, shooting, and aiming techniques. Soccer Camp and Golf Camps will also be offered.

CREATIVE ARTS CAMPS will include activities for writers, dancers, photographers, artists, and crafters. Some of the camps that will be offered include: Words Alive – Writing and Illustrating Short Stories for budding authors, ages 9 and up; Art Explorers – one session for ages 8-12, one session for ages 5-7. Hip Hop Camp – a dance camp for ages 8 and up; and Photography for Kids! We will also be offering Pottery for kids!

SCIENCE and STEM CAMPS have always been very popular at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This summer will include Dr. Seuss Stem Camp, for ages 8-12 which features books by Dr. Seuss used to create STEM projects. Great Brick Adventure, for ages 8-12, for the Lego lover at your house. Stop Motion Animation, for ages 8-12, features movie making software and imagination. Each of these camps will take place at Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, on the Courthouse Square in Athens.

SKILLS FOR LIFE CAMPS will include two sessions of the very popular Super Sitter Camp for ages 10-17. We will also be offering Hands Up! American Sign Language, for ages 8-12, (Center for Lifelong Learning); Let’s Have a Food Fite! Cooking Camp, for ages 8-14 (Athens State Sandridge Hall Cafeteria).

Please join us this summer for more fun with friends and lifelong learning! To learn more or to register, please visit or call us at (256) 233-8260. You may also visit us at 121 South Marion Street, Athens, Alabama 35611. Hope to see you soon!
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262