Becky Miller Studio to Feature Oil Paintings by Eddyville Middle School Students
Contact: Becky Miller, (503) 504-7289
On Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, Becky Miller Studio is pleased to invite the public to enjoy a show of paintings by middle school students from Eddyville Charter School. Becky was one of several volunteer teachers brought in by the school to teach mini-courses in their areas of expertise.
The Artist in Residence program, which is funded by the school itself, was designed to provide more elective opportunities to the middle school students, aged 10-13. Each quarter has been split in half, and volunteers have committed to teaching 4.5-week courses 2-3 days per week. Becky participated in three of these sessions, which gave dozens of the students an opportunity to learn how to paint in oils.
Many other courses have been offered, such as Dog Obedience (taught by Tammy Boysun), Digital Photography (by Amanda Murphy and George Weaver), Forestry (by Starker Forests), Plant Identification (by Robert Taylor), Drawing (by Krista Eddy), Marine Biology and Quest (by volunteers from the Hatfield Marine Science Center), Archery (by Dick Wasson), Engineering and Remote Operated Vehicles (by Sean Bedell), and Computers (Debby Rariden). Most of the experts that were brought in to teach are from Lincoln County.
The students have responded with enthusiasm. According to Lisa Otis, who has coordinated the program, “They get very excited on the days when the upcoming courses are revealed and they get the opportunity to choose between multiple classes. Middle School students tend to be very active and like to be busy, so this program works well for them.” The school has also been pleased with the quality of instruction that has resulted from the program. “I have been amazed at the level of‘teachers’ we’ve had!” says Lisa. “The students have responded and it seems that many of them have found a new interest or hobby because of these classes.”
The volunteers have also been enthusiastic about the program. Most have offered to help again next year if the program continues.“To watch some of these children gain confidence, relax into self-expression, try so hard to make something beautiful and succeed at it, be funny, blossom, and find something they are innately good at doing has been a magical experience for me,” says Becky. “I am very proud of the work they have done.”
The Eddyville Middle School Student Art Show will be open from 11 am to 5 pm both days. Becky Miller Studio is located at 167 NE 1st Streetin Toledo. Refreshments will be served. For more information, see www.ToledoArts.info or www.BeckyMillerArtist.com.