The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

cally want to learn and they can only see a world full of op­por­tu­ni­tyK gina helps them find it and still have funK She keeps them laugh­ing with her de­cid­edly up­beat at­ti­tude and en­gag­ing wayK

Art stim­u­lates and de­vel­ops their imag­i­na­tion and crit­i­cal think­ing, as well as re­fin­ing cog­ni­tive and creative skillsK Pene­lope cox Art classes are open fo­rums to al­low the promis­ing artists to move quickly, com­mit to the draw­ing and for­give their own “mis­takes”K This ap­par­ently is a big part of the art; giv­ing into the process and not wor­ry­ing about the de­tailsK

“f show them how to turn mis­takes into some­thing elseK There re­ally are no mis­takes in artK f just en­cour­age them to work on an­other piece, then come back and see it an­other way and make their mis­take into some­thing pret­tyK f hope they can see that in their lifeK f want to en­cour­age themK”

The art stu­dent can learn a bit about jonet for not a lot of mon­eyK Call TMO-TRN-PcoxK

She charges just $OMKMM for each O-hour lessonK “ft’s sum­mer, dif­fer­ent kids are in and out, so not a lot of in­for­ma­tion; not like schoolK”

gina shows them some work of Claude jonet xN84M –NVO6z, the founder of crench im­pres­sion­ist paint­ing, and then de­scribes his styleK “jonet likes to paint in swirlsK”

ju­sic plays in the back­groundK “f like the Bea­tles and the kids seem to not mind the Bea­tles,” she smiledK

gina is a big fan of kids’ art­work, en­cour­ag­ing their pas­sion, cu­rios­ity and their will­ing­ness to tryK

She hangs their mu­rals, is plan­ning art shows and hosts birth­day par­tiesK

The Arts strengthen prob­lem-solv­ing and crit­i­cal-think­ing skills, adding to over­all aca­demic achieve­ment and school suc­cess, vi­tal to a well­rounded ed­u­ca­tionK

lne pro­ject that she will start soon with her stu­dents is a comic bookK The stu­dents will think of the story and then to­gether they will cre­ate a comic book about itK

gina was born and raised here in the Bor­oughK “f know ev­ery­one here and my fa­vorite part of Bris­tol is that it is small, a melt­ing pot of mixed cul­tures; full of the close­ness of fam­i­lyK”

Art is per­fect for gi­naK “cind who you are, find your pas­sionK ft’s about work­ing hardK”

With her wel­com­ing and ac­cept­ing dis­po­si­tion, she “lets other peo­ple be who they are; fun and free!” Pene­lope cox Art, drundy Com­mons Com­plex, VOR Canal Street Bris­tol, PA NVMMT

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