Class donates art to Superior Court |

Class donates art to Superior Court

Provided to the TribuneBettina Tieslav's fifth-grade class at Al Tahoe Elementary School pose with the art they donated to the Superior Court. From left are Bettina Tieslav, teacher; Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, Superior Court; and Karen Gillis-Tinlin, Al Tahoe Elementary principal.

The fifth-grade class of Bettina Tieslau demonstrated its community spirit by donating a class art project to the Superior Court of South Lake Tahoe.

Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, presiding judge of El Dorado County, met with the Al Tahoe Elementary School children and was presented with the artwork. Kingsbury spoke with the students and then surprised them with a pizza party.

Patricia McBrien, office manager for Court Appointed Special Advocates, said, “Children’s art will help make the courthouse a more welcoming place in the community.” The Elementary Arts Program will coordinate a rotation of student artwork to brighten the corridors and courtroom walls.

The 4.5-foot wide by 9-foot high relief was constructed out of shoeboxes and found treasures. Each child had his or her own shoebox and collected items to glue into it. Shape and form were emphasized rather then content. When completed the boxes were arranged together on plywood and then spray painted an earthy taupe color. Instead of the individual pieces of art that the project started as, the “Assemblage” became a collaborative design. The students were able to view the collective piece and appreciate how the individual parts came together and complemented each other.

A statement presented with the art work said:

“Dear Children and Families of South Lake Tahoe. We feel very good about donating our Art Relief project to Family Court. We hope it makes you feel comfortable while you are here. This art is not only for children, even though it was made by children. You can use your imagination and think of all sorts of things while looking at it. We feel honored to have donated something valuable to our community. Thank you for accepting our art into your workplace.

Ms. Tieslau’s fifth-grade class, Al Tahoe Elementary School.

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