Artists put on a show |

Artists put on a show

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The second annual Artists’ Assembly at Al Tahoe Elementary took place Tuesday with plenty of clay and paint to go around.

The assembly featured local artists performing their craft, beckoning roving students to visit their stations.

One popular place was the pottery wheel where Francis Rider manipulated clay, to the the children’s delight.

“You can make cool stuff out of it,” said second-grader Himanshu Rambhai. “It’s easy.”

Darwin Abaya enjoyed watching the wheel spin and the clay change form.

“You can make shapes out of it,” said Abaya, 8. “You can make a ball, a line, a dot, a triangle.”

Darlynne Sharpe, art coordinator for the elementary arts program, stood shaping a clay heap into the elegant head of an Indian woman.

With current funding cutbacks, Sharpe said arts are the first area to be cut.

Sharpe is hopeful elementary arts can once again thrive through community contributions by providing education on art history and appreciation.

“It gives kids more than a basic understanding in arts,” she said with clay-dotted hands. “It’s something the kids really need.”

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