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Horicon students team up with local artists

Independent Coast Observer of Gualala, California

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The combined second-third grade class at Horicon School received a grant from the Redwood Coast Education Foundation to provide a monthly art docent activity in class. Doric Jemison-Ball, Chairperson of the North Coast Artists' Guild, was one of the first docents to participate in the project, according to teacher Justine Rosenthal.

"Doric was able to offer free supplies for the clay project, through a generous donation from Gualala Art Center," Rosenthal said. Jemison-Ball will make a total of four trips to the school for the project — to lead the clay project, to bring the clay boxes and decorations down to the Art Center to be fired, and then back up to glaze projects, and finally, to deliver the fired, glazed boxes to the students.

Artist Bonnie Saland also acted as a Horicon art docent, helping students make masks. Rosenthal brought blank masks back from summer trip to Venice, Italy, for all of her students. Each student was provided a color theory lesson, learned to mix colors, and then painted their masks.

A week later, the masks received decorations with glitter glue and lots of sequins and other "bling." The masks made their formal debut at the school Halloween Parade last Friday.

The Redwood Coast Education Foundation of Gualala is a nonprofit organization that makes grants of up to $500 to area teachers.



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Original Publication Date: November 6, 2015



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