The art of the matter |

The art of the matter

Paint a picture, mold a sculpture, sketch a building – all in a day’s work.

Creative juices were flowing Friday at Al Tahoe Elementary School, where 11 South Shore artists set up interactive work stations.

“I like the pottery the best,” 10-year-old Risa Welsh said without lifting her eyes from artist Francis Reed’s latest work-in-progress. “All the artists are really nice. I participated in painting and I molded some clay. Then I watched my social studies teacher, Ms. Sowers, doing dots.”

Christine Sowers, who demonstrated pointillism: pen and ink, seemed to be the hit of the day. Most of her students said they didn’t know she was such a good artist.

“What Ms. Sowers is doing is the coolest,” said Trisha Talbot, 11. “It’s cool you can make pictures out of just dots. I didn’t even know she knew how to do that.”

Eleven-year-old Brandon Probert said he’s pretty sure he has enough patience to learn pointillism.

“I like what Ms. Sowers is doing,” he said. “I like the picture she’s making right now. I also like what Ms. Sharpe is doing with the clay.”

Sharpe, an aide at Al Tahoe Elementary, displayed many of her glazed clay sculptures and let the kids create one of their own.

“I’ve had all the classes, starting with the kindergartners work on this sculpture,” she said, motioning to a large clay face with spiky hair. “When everyone’s worked on it, I’m going to fire and glaze it and bring it back to the school. It’s the sculpture of 2001.”

In one hour, the sculpture of 2001 changed many times, but crazy hair remained a standard.

“I helped make some of the spikes on the hair for the sculpture,” fifth-grader Brian Garcia said. “The sculpture is like this big face.”

Gary Marchio, city planner for South Lake Tahoe, taught the kids about landscape architecture.

“I like the architect stuff the best,” said Joseph Young, 10. “He (Marchio) explained it in a really easy way. I learned how to do the trees. I like how the different artists show you how to do what they’re doing.”

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