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Kids use spacial awareness to create art (video)

By Carolina Astrain
June 22, 2013 at 1:22 a.m.
Updated June 23, 2013 at 1:23 a.m.

Alyssa Blain, 11, of Victoria, and Andrea Henry, 10, of Victoria, talk about their drawings during the Abra Dabra Cadoodle! summer art class at Victoria College. The class teaches children to use different mediums to create works of art. "Mine looks like an Alien!" Alyssa said.

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Rounded lines traced by carefully held pencils covered the tables inside the Victoria College classroom Thursday morning.

A class mostly composed of girls with a few boys listened closely to their instructor, Elaine Woolson, as she explained how to draw a proper eye.

The students were a part of Victoria College's Kids College art class, "Abra Dabra Cadoodle!" from June 10-13.

Neha Chandna, 10, had her fingers plastered over her face as she listened to the art lecture, eager to start the drawing process.

Woolson asked each of the students to touch their necks. "They're not as skinny as we think they are," she said explaining the basics of proportion.

"The shoulders are also bigger than we think they are, too," Woolson said.

The instructor passed large, white sheets of paper down the two rows of students.

"Remember the distance between your eyebrows and your nose is equal to the distance between your nose and your chin," Woolson said.

After a few minutes a combination of Asian, alien and comic book eyes appeared on the students' sheets.

Karolina Perez, 10, drew and erased repeatedly, trying to get her head shape right.

"Well I always wanted to do art, so I decided to do it," Karolina said. "And my mom needed a day care for me for at least half of the day."

Gabriel Domingo, 12, had drawn two of his favorite superhero characters, Lex Luthor and Superman, by the end of the second hour.

"It's enjoyable because once you're making the drawing you don't feel like the minutes are passing," Gabriel said. "It feels like seconds, and then suddenly, all of a sudden, you're out of time for the class. You don't really feel like it's been three hours."

An Asian man with an oriental hat was drawn under 9-year-old Braden Wleczyk's hand.

The students worked quietly between sketches while Woolson walked between the aisle giving suggestions and providing answers.

The water-coloring portion of the class, in which students experimented with alcohol drops to create a bubbling, underwater effect was by far the class' favorite part, said Gabriel.

"I always liked drawing and doing art class before, and so I thought it would be fun to try it this summer," Gabriel said. "It also gave me something to do besides video games."

Gabriel received a scholarship award from VC to attend a Kids College course after writing a story for the museum, said Hazel Domingo, his mother.

"I'm so very proud of him," Domingo said. "He's always been good in school and everything he does."

The mother said she plans to register Gabriel in the next round of Kids College classes.

"They have some really good programs over there," Domingo said. "This has been really good for us."

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