From the North Central Louisiana Arts Council

SAC Teacher Feature

Hello, everyone! I’m Jennifer Downs, one of the interns here at NCLAC.

Summer Arts Camps are a few months away, but it is never too early to celebrate the teachers who dedicate their time and effort to showing children how to draw, paint, sculpt, and perform on stage. Every Tuesday for the next few weeks, I will be introducing you to one of the amazing individuals who will be teaching at an arts class this summer.

This week, our “Featured Teacher” is Matthew Knopps! You may remember him from last year; he was one of the instructors Summer Arts Camps 2012. Below is a picture from last year’s workshop, in which he showed the kids how to fold paper to create moveable shapes (origami).

Matthew Knopps, teaching a workshop during Summer Arts Camps 2012

Matthew Knopps, SAC 2012

Matthew is originally from Scottsboro, Alabama. He obtained his BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, focusing on painting and drawing. He is now enrolled at Louisiana Tech University and is pursuing his MFA in Studio Art.  As an undergraduate, Matthew participated in numerous community and student art exhibitions. Recently, Matthew’s work has been featured in the 1st and 2nd year MFA Exhibition at Louisiana Tech University and the Annual Student Art Exhibition.

Students entering grades 2-7 are eligible to participate in Summer Arts Camps! This year, we will have both weeklong camps and several “Super Saturday” camps. The sooner you sign up your child for a camp, the sooner you can secure a spot and take advantage of our early-bird discounts.

Weeklong camps are $60 if you register and pay by May 1; $65 after May 1. Camp fee includes supplies and a snack.

Super Saturday camps are $20 if you register and pay 10 days before the camp; $25 after that date. Camp fee includes supplies and a snack.

Those interested may register by phone at 255-1450, or by downloading a registration form from our blog @, or site @ Forms and checks should be mailed to NCLAC, PO Box 911  Ruston, LA 71273