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Volunteers put together week of art fun

| October 23, 2017

Warsaw Elementary School students are pictured getting creative at the final day of their after school art camp on Oct. 19. Josie Sellers | Beacon

WARSAW – Peyton Dovenbarger enjoyed painting and getting messy at the afterschool art program held Oct. 16-19 at Warsaw Elementary School.

The kindergartener was thankful for the special people that made this program happen and so was her mother Jenny Dovenbarger.

“They aren’t doing art this year so this gives her a way to catch up and she loves to color and stuff,” Jenny said.

When Jodi Shrimplin and Mary McMullen heard River View elementary students wouldn’t have art this year, they set about putting together a few lessons to teach kindergarten through third grade children after school.

“This is something they need to be exposed to, especially the young ones that haven’t had art a whole lot yet,” Shrimplin said.

The students did a variety of projects including tie-dying shirts, learning about clay from Rachel Hall of Hillbippie Clay and working on color theory with McMullen.

On the final day of the program they made cards to thank people who made the program possible. They also created banners to thank Farmers Insurance for donating to the program, Hall for their clay day and Robyn Morrison for her donation of Lunchables for an afterschool snack.

“A lot of people made this possible for you guys,” Shrimplin told the students while giving them instructions for their cards. “This is something special because not all the elementary schools get to do it. You can make a card for anyone who helped like Mary (McMullen), Rachel (Hall), your parents for letting you come or anyone else you think made this possible. It’s important that we thank the people who let us do this.”

First grader Kendall Duff was glad she got to take part in the art program.

“It’s real fun to get messy and get creative,” she said.

She and her brother, third grader Kolton Duff both enjoyed the lesson on clay. His classmate Ellie D’Ostroph said she enjoyed tie-dying shirts and making hats out of construction paper.

“We got to do a lot of stuff this week,” Kolton said.

About 55 students attended the program each day. Shrimplin appreciated all those who volunteered their time during the week, those who donated to the program and the Pomerene Center for the Arts for offering to donate sidewalk chalk. An after school art program also will take place at Keene Elementary School.



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