Free art classes at Oakhurst library

July 8, 2014 

Art teacher Vicky Thomas (standing) instructs students attending free art classes offered Tuesdays (July 15, 22) at the Oakhurst Library. On July 30, the students will have the opportunity to show their art at an exhibit. The classes are open to students, fifth through twelfth grades. Details: (559) 683-4838.

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Local artist, Vicki Thomas, will teach art classes at the Oakhurst Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesdays, July 15 and 22 in the library's community room, with a final event — an art show on July 30 when the masterpieces will be displayed, and prizes may be awarded.

The classes are for offered to children in grades five through twelve.

"Art is so important for a young person's personal development and appreciation for the artists who came before them," Thomas said. "Artists design our world in many ways – our cars, homes, buildings, clothes and the fine art that adorns our walls and brings us joy."

There have been about 18 students attending the classes so far, and Thomas calls them a talented, curious group — one she is excited to teach.

The July 15 class will cover an introduction to watercolor: learning about paint, brushes, paper and the use of sponges and salt in watercolor.

The July 22 class will cover experimenting with watercolor: using the drawing and watercolor techniques to create a masterpiece.

The classes are free and all art supplies are included.

Details: Oakhurst Library, (559) 683-4838.

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