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Art show features work by young painters

By Staff | Aug 29, 2020

Photo by Sue Sitter/PCT Summer art camp participants, shown with instructor Julia Petrovich, are from back left: Amber Houim, Sophie Brandt, Ryli Kuhnhenn, Maddie Hurly and Elizabeth Hurly. Pictured from front left are Mia Oscarson and Lyric Fritel.

Rugby’s Village Arts Center turned into a gallery for budding artists on Monday, Aug. 24, as youth ages nine through 14 showed canvas paintings they completed in Village Arts’ Summer 2020 Art Camp.

“The idea was to explore amazing acrylic paints and the boldness and vibrancy of the paint,” said instructor Julia Petrovich, who stood near canvases depicting bright purple wildflowers, deep orange sunsets and moonlit night skies.

Petrovich said the students “were given two projects to get inspired. I would usually paint something to show them and talk about the painting and tell them what we were exploring,” she said. “We talked about perspective (the angle from which a subject is viewed); we talked about how a subject should be, the different colors, distance and the quality of the paintings,” Petrovich added.

Petrovich said she taught her students mistakes in painting can be fixed. “If you don’t like what’s on the canvas, you can wait a little bit (for the painting to dry) and do it over.”

“They were able to choose a painting that they would do each day,” Petrovich said. “You can see (the paintings) are somewhat similar, but different at the same time. They were inspired and had the freedom to choose their color palette and experiment with strokes,” she added.

“A lot of them had never used a flat brush,” Petrovich noted. “There’s a difference between the flat and the round brush and it was interesting to see how they were discovering the flat bush and the technique with the flat brush.”

Petrovich said the young painters completed four separate projects. “We did a North Dakota-inspired landscape; we did a close-up flower; we did an angel and we did a heart, because we wanted to send some love into the world,” Petrovich smiled. “I think they did really, really well. I was really pleased.”

Participant Ryli Kuhnhenn said, “I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun learning different art techniques and it was something different to do.”

“I painted different abstract-style paintings,” Kuhnhenn, a Rugby High freshman added. “There was nothing specific I did a lot of nature paintings. We used different brushes to create different effects,” Kuhnhenn said.

Kuhnhenn said she planned to continue exploring the world of art. “I’m going to be taking art classes at school this year,” she said.

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