By JEFFREY CULLEN-DEAN | Jul. 03, 2019 – 9:31 PM

Bette Hickman and Teri Lewis hosted a four-day artist and nature camp last week for elementary students.

The camp was a collaboration between the University of West Georgia, the Young Artist program and the Artist in Residence program, said Hickman.

Better HickmanAccording to Hickman, the lead teacher for the Young Artists of Newnan and Coweta County, the camp provided the students with an opportunity to experience the intersection of nature and art.

“It was mostly about trying to get the children to see that art is all around us, that you can look out into the outdoors and see art,” Lewis said. “We wanted them to really focus in on why certain art is outdoorsy things. They got to draw sticks and different barks of different trees.”

During the camp, the students met the then-artist in residence, Shelley Graham Turner, at Gray Cottage, said Lewis.

“She let the kids try some different things that she was using,” she said.

“The kids came in and she let them paint on a canvas, and she completed it for her show. It was really great,” Hickman said.