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Free Teen Art Class Tuesday

OAKHURST – Local artist Vicki Thomas has been teaching a series of weekly classes at the Oakhurst Library for teen students in grades 5 – 12.

It’s not too late to join in this Tuesday, July 22, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The class is free and all art supplies are included for the instruction that takes place in the Library’s Community Room.

“Art is so important for a young person’s personal development and appreciation for the artists who came before them,” Vicki says. “Artists design our world in many ways — our cars, homes, buildings, clothes and the fine art that adorns our walls and brings us joy.”

According to organizers, 18 students attended the opening class, that concentrated on learning to draw by using five basic shapes (the circle, triangle, square, rectangle and cylinder). Those shapes are used in all drawing and the class worked with black and white charcoal pencils to give their drawings depth, Vicki explained. As a result, all of the students brought their own individual creativity to their drawing of a panda bear.

In the second class, students worked with pastels. For the third meeting, they received an introduction to watercolor. Vicki was assisted by Dale Rushing, Michele Mertens, Sara Robison and Monica McClanahan.

This week the subject is “Experimenting with Watercolor: use drawing and watercolor techniques to create a masterpiece.”

On July 30 the artist has planned a show where students can enter their masterpieces and perhaps win an award. Anyone who has attended the previous classes may bring their work along on this week for submission to the show at the end of the month.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Library at 559-683-4838.

The Oakhurst Branch Library, Madera County, is located at 49044 Civic Circle in Oakhurst.

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