Thursday, August 4, 2005
By ESTHER SMITH
News staff writer
Four students from Hood River Middle School’s “Making a Difference” class have been working with children at Bright Beginnings Preschool to create art for sale as a way to raise funds for Heifer International.
Zoe Kimball, Lexxi Ramakers, Chloe Hight and Karrie Hoag visited the preschool twice in April to teach the art of Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Cezanne to the kindergartners. The four girls have been in school together since their days at May Street Elementary; three of them went to Bright Beginnings together.
The girls began with a lesson about each artist before moving into the art room to create. The second week’s lesson was on Cezanne.
“Cezanne painted still lifes — do you know what a still life is?” asked Chloe Hight of the kindergartners. She and the other three girls went on to teach about primary colors, warm and cool colors, and other basics in painting — though many of the youngsters were already familiar with the concepts.
The children took their places in the art room where fruit and vegetable cross-sections waited to serve as still life subjects. Each child selected a melon, kiwi, orange, eggplant, or other subject to sketch and then paint.
“Draw it bigger than your hand,” the children were instructed. “One color on the background.”
The finished paintings from both weeks’ lessons will be sold at First Friday this week. They will be on display at Twiggs and funds raised will benefit Heifer International, a project working to end world hunger by providing livestock and other material goods, training and extension work, and organizational development to struggling countries around the world.
“By buying the children’s artwork you will be helping a family in need,” the girls wrote on a flyer to promote the project. “Art really does save lives.”
More like this story
- Letters to the Editor for Sept. 23 edition
- Editor’s Notebook: Helping kids be better readers is a SMART move
- Monday in CL: Fire recovery information presented at Port Pavilion
- Thank you, firefighters
- Summer of Smoke
- Foundation gives $50,000 to library for collections, projects
- Another Voice: Finding ‘Best of All Worlds’ in the area of cell tower permit requests
- Hawk Migration Festival Sept. 23
- ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ Sunday
- Fun, or learning, or both: A week full of local events and activities
"The tangled skirt" opens run at unique venue
Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café. Here, Bailey Brice (Bruce Howard) arrives at a small town bus station and has a fateful encounter with Rhonda Claire (Desiree Amyx Mackintosh). Small talk turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse and both seek advantage. The actors present the story as a staged reading in the café, where large windows and street lights lend themselves to the bus station setting, according to Hanel. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. (There is no Friday performance.) Tickets available at the door or Waucoma Bookstore: $15 adults, $12 seniors and children under 15. No children under 9. Enlarge