Tiny tots, school children and even pre-teens tried their hands at a plethora of artistic activities over the last two weeks at the Aiken Center for the Arts Winter Holiday Day Camps. The day camps were offered by the ACA from Dec. 20 through the 23 and Dec. 27 through the 30, and provided both kids and adults with something to keep them from going stir crazy while school was out for winter break. "Parents are still working (during break); this way the children have somewhere to go while school's out," said Gretchen Hash-Heffner, one of the teachers of the day camps. She and Nanette Langner supervised the children, ranging from ages 4 to 12, every camp day for the two-week break; Hash-Heffner and Langner taught and guided the children in many different types of art projects. "(The kids) are enjoying it because we do all different types of mediums," Langner said, pointing out different projects made of pen and ink, acrylic and watercolor. "What I love about what we do here is that everything is so colorful," added Hash-Heffner. The camps allowed for a full or half day's attendance, and children stayed busy from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Other types of art they dabbled in included clay art and plaster forms. Program Director Cathy Rumble said the children who attended more than one camp were never presented with the same project twice, and each day had a different theme. Themes included Christmas Around the World, It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas, HO! HO! HO!, Winter Fun, Silent Night, Peace on Earth and Let it Snow. On Thursday, the theme was Animals in the Snow; projects included painting a rabbit in the woods using watercolor and using acrylic to paint a picture of an owl on a canvas. "The idea is to get in and have fun," said Rumble of the camps. "The kids have a good time, and we have a good time with them." Contact Ashleey Williamson at awilliamson@aikenstandard.com.