Guest artist visits All About Art 4-H Club

Photo submitted to Times Observer Carousel Horse by Felisha Tucker, one of the many drawings she shared with the club.

At the All About Art 4-H Club’s mid-winter meeting, at Mission Covenant Church in Sugar Grove, vice-president Jonah Bennett introduced guest artist Felisha Tucker. This self-taught artist, an alumni of the Grand Valley Desperados 4-H Horse Club, talked about the significance of art as a means of expressing yourself, and then asked members to switch sketch pads, draw a large squiggle on a blank page, and return them. Each member had to draw something out of the squiggle.

“To get the creative juices flowing,” Tucker explained.

Next, members drew a favorite thing from memory, while Tucker gave each one tips on sketching and answered questions.

Then, members drew two very different dogs from real life — Katelyn Bennett’s Golden Retriever puppy, Cedar, and Tucker’s Rat Terrier, Milo.

It was difficult to draw models that kept moving. Several members gave Tucker their sketches of her dog. She was especially impressed with the full-color caricature drawn by Noel Nidiffer, and told him, “I’m going frame this and hang it on my wall.”

After snacks, brought by the Bennett family, members enjoyed playing “Four Square.”

Several members told what they had learned about a famous artist and shared art they had done in that artist’s style. The most elaborate interpretation was a colorful, two-page collage of cut-up toys, done by Cloverbud Jacob Boisvert in the Cubist style of Pablo Picasso.

Since the previous news reporter is no longer available, Graham Haight was elected the new club news reporter.

Members are reminded to enroll online, choosing the “Crafts and Fine Arts” Project.