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From Skincare to Posters, Caldera Students Experience Art in Many Forms

While Caldera middle school students enjoy weekly art classes in their schools, high school students get out into their community for Art Apprenticeships and monthly weekend classes. Winter has been a busy season for Caldera high school students. From pulling prints to creating timed sculptures, students have been exploring arts on both sides of the mountains. In Portland, Caldera kids roamed the halls of PICA and learned the fine art of printmaking at PICA for Printmaking. PICA taught an afternoon workshop on monotype print making and students learned how to roll out ink, use reductive printmaking techniques to remove ink and then make a print. Students went home with a better understanding of the world of printmaking and their own unique print.   In Central Oregon Angelina Swanson of Angelina’s Organic Skin Care opened her doors and her knowledge to teach Caldera kids about the art and chemistry of organic skin care. Students worked in Swanson’s Bend lab and created their own fragrances and bath fizzes.   February will see more exciting opportunities for Caldera youth to participate in visual and literary arts. Creative Partner Atelier 6000 (A6) will welcome Central Oregon Caldera students to an art and sculpture workshop. Caldera’s February Artist in Resident, visual artist, Erin Beaver Valentine will teach two-minute sculptures from found objects. Students will work individually and in teams using extension cords, a lightbulb, stuffed animals, a pillow, a basket and other found objects to create sculptural works. Objects are rotated at the end of each two minute period for another round. Portland Caldera teens will be taking part in the Everybody Reads Book Club. Students will read the critically acclaimed novel by Heidi W. Durrow, “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky” and then come to Caldera Portland offices for an evening of conversation on the book. This book club will end with hearing Durrow speak about the book at the Schnitzer Concert Hall on March 6th. Each participating student will also receive a free copy of the novel. Thank you to all of our Creative Partners for helping us make these events possible!

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