The Snyder Museum and Creative Arts Center's first art camp of the summer is well underway and students in both classes are focusing on Louisiana during the workshop.

In the class for ages five to seven, students have created a bird sculpture and are using acrylic paint on white canvas to depict the Louisiana state flower, the magnolia. On Tuesday, the children learned about mixing two primary colors to make a new shade and painted a blue sky background for the flower before touring the museum while their canvases dried.

Art teacher Brenda Anderson, an educator in Ouachita Parish, explained a bit about the magnolia to students participating in the class and included several fun facts, such as the magnolia growing on trees instead of out of the ground and how quickly the flower begins to turn brown after being picked.

Anderson also showed the students how the leaves for the magnolia flower look like plastic and had them smell the flower so they could understand why it isn't often displayed indoors.

The current set of art classes will conclude on June 19, but additional courses will take place at the museum in July.

The Snyder museum will be doing a summer workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 7 through 10 for ages five through 8. A class for ages nine through 12 will be held on the same days. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 21 through 24, a class for ages five through 12 will be held. For more information or to register, call the museum at 281.8760.