Time to dab­ble in art for lit­tle Pi­cas­sos

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ented artists can per­fect their skills with the Dou­glas Arts Base run­ning an in­au­gu­ral af­ter-school art course.

Start­ing on Mon­day, April 16, the course will be run Mon­day af­ter­noons for 10 weeks and will teach the stu­dents tech­niques in draw­ing, colours and tones, shapes, tex­tures and di­men­sions in art.

Tu­tor Deb­bie Ras­mussen has stud­ied arts and will guide the stu­dents in the course, which is an ex­pan­sion from af­ter-school classes cur­rently be­ing held for St Au­gus­tine’s Pri­mary School stu­dents.

“It was the prin­ci­pal’s idea and the school com­mu­nity ap­proved it and it has been very suc­cess­ful, we got more stu­dents than we thought,” she said.

“It just hap­pens that DAB and the school asked at the same time and this one has been suc­cess­ful and now DAB is giv­ing an op­por­tu­nity for the rest of the com­mu­nity.

“There’s a va­ri­ety of me­dia we’ll be us­ing, skill-based cour­ses in­cor­po­rated into the lessons with ref­er­ences to artists, so they can be lit­tle Pi­cas­sos and Van Goughs.

“They don’t need any ex­pe­ri­ence, they just need to like art.”

Although Deb­bie’s pre­ferred art medium is tex­tiles, she is happy to work with dif­fer­ent medi­ums to teach the stu­dents dif­fer­ent artis­tic skills.

There are only 10 spa­ces avail­able for the af­ter-school work­shop so if you are in­ter­ested get in quick and book on 4098 3337.

Young Pi­cas­sos: Josh Var­ney, Ash­ley Har­ring­ton, Tris­tian Sut­ton, Holly Ar­mour and Phoebe Brown

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