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Dakota Spark Students to Display Artwork at Upstage Gallery

October 29, 2013
- Twelve students, grades 1-4, participated in the first fall session of Dakota Spark Visual Art classes, a program of Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts in New Rockford. After four weeks of instruction, they are ready to display their works at the DPRCA Upstage Gallery.

The students’ artwork will be displayed and open to the public from November 6 through November 22. Students explored mediums such paint, pencil, pastel, charcoal, and collage to demonstrate artistic concepts such as composition, line, texture, and color.

For their final project, students recreated works from master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Vincent van Gogh. The instructor, Rachel Brazil says, “It really has been a delight working with these students. I was always impressed by their enthusiasm, curiosity, and overall talent.”

The second session will begin on November 18 and run through December 9. It is open to students grades 5-12. This will be an integrated class where beginning and intermediate artists will explore a variety of techniques and mediums. Beginning student will learn to develop their skills and strengths in artistic expression, while more advanced students will further develop their skills and knowledge based on their own interests. Brazil says, “We will visit works of master artists, play with techniques in modern art, explore charcoal, paints, and mixed-media, and learn how to discuss art composition and presentation.”

The next series of classes will be held at the Old Church Theatre on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30. The registration fee is $75, plus $25 for materials. Students can register at the Latte Lobby or by calling 947-2174.

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