A "starving artist" typically refers to a person that allows their talent, in some art form, to sustain them while working a low wage job that allows them the freedom to create. But, in this case, it refers to a summer camp where kids can learn how to hone their artistic skills both in the art studio and the kitchen.The "NOT So Starving Artist Camp" happening downtown this week is a collaboration between Regina Hissong of Rocktown Bites Downtown Food Tours and You Made It Pottery and Fused Glass Studio.


Every morning this week, the campers have learned culinary skills, cooked with chefs at different downtown eateries and sampled their own kitchen creations. The kids have found the downtown scene invigorating as they shopped the Friendly City Food Co-Op and Farmers Market for needed food supplies just blocks away from the studio. They had the opportunity to get into the kitchen at Bella Luna and learn from their chef while using local ingredients on the pizza pies they designed. At Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack the kids did a taste test of their famous chicken and waffles and then came back to the studio to make their own twist on the delicious menu item.

Each afternoon, the youth dove into diverse pottery, clay and fused glass projects intended for use in their kitchens at home. Choice projects ranged from fused glass spoon rests and clay coiled bread baskets to kitchenware made from pottery that the children could coordinate with colors of their liking.


The camp wraps up with a culminating event tomorrow where families are invited to attend a lunch completely prepared by the children. Each family will have a table setting that the camper created during the week. No matter what the artistic palate, You Made It, Rocktown Bites Food Tours and the downtown Harrisonburg scene came together to nurture the interests of these aspiring artists!

Regina Hissong is a local food enthusiast and one of the organizers of Rocktown Bites! Food Tours. 
Photos courtesy of Regina.