Stu­dents cre­ate art at Take Our Kids to Work Day

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - WEATHER - KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS KCharlebois@post­

If you want to suc­ceed as a pro­fes­sional artist, you need to have both a cre­ative mind and an or­ga­nized one.

That’s what lo­cal artist Melissa wanted to im­press upon her daugh­ter, Ruby Klip­pen­stein, and her two friends, Jor­dyn Grav­elle-Fortes and El­iz­a­beth Zollino, who are all Grade 9 stu­dents at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The three stu­dents were in Jean’s garage stu­dio on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 1 for Take Our Kids to Work Day, an an­nual event that takes place in work­places across the coun­try and gives stu­dents a chance to see dif­fer­ent ca­reers up close.

“I’ve been re­ally into art for a long time, and when Ruby of­fered to have me over for the day, I was re­ally ex­cited to see what it was like to be a pro­fes­sional artist,” said Grav­elle-Fortes. “I thought that would be re­ally fun.”

The day started with a tour of Jean’s stu­dio and learn­ing about art com­mis­sions and prices and how to prop­erly pack­age an art piece to bring it to a dis­play venue. That day, they brought paint­ings to Im­age One De­signs.

Jean said she wanted to show her daugh­ter and her friends the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pects of a pro­fes­sional art ca­reer. “They’re all so tal­ented and all three of them could go into this pro­fes­sion­ally, but there’s so much to know about the busi­ness side of it,” she said.

In her day-to-day work, Jean said she does com­mis­sions and also sup­plies gal­leries with new paint­ings as she needs to bal­ance com­mis­sion work “as well as the nat­u­ral flow of what you are re­ally in­spired to paint.”


Grade 9 St. Thomas Aquinas stu­dents (left to right) Jor­dyn Grav­elle-Fortes, El­iz­a­beth Zollino, Ruby Klip­pen­stein and lo­cal artist Melissa Jean work on paint­ings in Jean's stu­dio on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 1. Klip­pen­stein is Jean's daugh­ter and in­vited her friends to her mom's stu­dio for Take Our Kids to Work Day.

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