Carnegie's Picture Lady program gets new name

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The community's Picture Lady program of the Carnegie Art Center is getting a new name.

The program that brings art instruction to area elementary school students will now be known as the Carnegie Picture Lab, said Mari Sanders, community outreach coordinator for the program.

The Picture Lady program was launched in the 1970s to bring instruction of famous artists to local students. Although small in scale for most of its history, it now reaches students in kindergarten through fifth grades at elementary schools throughout Walla Walla and College Place.

Each school year, students learn about the history and styles of three artists. Lessons are done in classrooms by volunteers. This year, students will be learning about Emily Carr, Andy Goldsworthy, and Albrecht Drer.

Carr was an impressionist artist at the turn of the 20th century in the Pacific Northwest. Classroom art projects will focus on acrylic painting.

Goldsworthy is a contemporary British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Students will work outdoors during the lesson, collect items from their school yards to create installation projects.

Drer, a German 15th-century artist, is best known for intricate drawings. Students will learn how to make charcoal drawings of animals.

Sanders said more than 60 volunteers are currently being trained to conduct in-class lessons and art projects with students. The program's new name was part of a year-long process of program and development meant to help the effort continue securely into the future.

For more information on the Carnegie Picture Lab, formerly the Picture Lady program, send an e-mail to: Info@carnegiepicturelab.com

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