“That’s weird,” said Payton, suggesting perhaps that the progression might have followed a reverse path. He set to work with his charcoal, employing geometric shapes.
“When we’re done, I don’t want it to look like Picasso. I want it to look like Payton,” Cochran told him.
“The nice thing about charcoal, is you cannot mess up,” Cochran pointed out to the kids, showing them that it could be erased as well as smudged. They were also pretty tickled to learn that the art medium they were using was actually burnt wood.
Colton Fetty, 5, showed no hesitation jumping into his Picasso-esque work, happily managing to smudge his face and hands with charcoal, too. He progressed from charcoal to acrylics on his artwork, and then began adding a few stickers.
“Guess what. I put a flea on the dog,” said Colton, pointing to his work.
Rowley easily recalled a previous subject from the class, associating Pointillism with artist Georges Seurat. Fellow artist Morgan rewarded him by allowing him to select a drawing from his own portfolio to keep.
“I think Anderson should really have some art shows with kids, so kids can actually show what they do,” said Morgan. “The kids would actually be happy to show off their talent …. Somebody famous might see it and give them a good career.”
Cochran’s masters class is one of several summer offerings for kids. Summer Youth Art Camp is a four-day session taking place next week for 6-8 year-olds and 9-12 year-olds at two different times. Check the website for more info, www.andersonart.org, or call 765-649-1248. The arts center is at 32 W. 10th St.
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What: Summer art classes and Summer Youth Art Camp Where: Anderson Center for the Arts, 32 W. 10th St., Anderson More info: Check out the website at www.andersonart.org or call 765-649-1248.