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Pre-school art show previews luncheon, auction

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Teddy Jacobson, 4, shows his father Ben some of his artwork Friday evening during the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center Preschool Art Show at Yavapai College in Prescott.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Teddy Jacobson, 4, shows his father Ben some of his artwork Friday evening during the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center Preschool Art Show at Yavapai College in Prescott.

It's a little early to tell, but there may be a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt, a Matisse or even a Jackson Pollock among the youngsters enrolled at the Del. E. Webb Family Enrichment Center on the Yavapai College campus in Prescott.

One thing is sure, though. None of those famous artists displayed their art at the age of 3.

Each of the 19 students in Anne Jacobson's pre-school class displayed a variety of artwork they created during the past six weeks. Parents enjoyed the opening of "The Museum of Amazing Art," on Friday in the pre-school classroom.

"It is truly amazing what they do with the kids here (at FEC)," said Wendy Gose, whose 3-year-old son, Maverick, is one of the artists.

Maverick likes to paint with rollers. His mother explained that Maverick is creative at home, "More so since he has been coming to FEC. We do art projects at home once or twice a week."

Jacobson explained that student teacher Heidi Woodruff wanted to do an art project with the students and "that is how this developed. We brainstormed about what types of art we could do with the children and actually came up with more than we used."

The goal in introducing the children about art, Jacobson stated, is teaching them self-expression.

"Art is about shapes and colors in the world around them," Jacobson said.

The pre-school teachers used stick puppets to introduce the children to artists such as Pollock, Claude Monet, Matisse, Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Jordana DeZeeuw Spencer was thrilled her son, Emerson, is learning artist names - male and female. For Spencer, it is about having her children "in a vibrant environment where they are empowered to be creative."

The budding pre-school artists will join artists ranging in age up to 5 years in the "Framing the Future" luncheon and auction Feb. 23.

Teacher Lisa Dotseth explained the auction is FEC's major fund-raiser. Organizers hope to raise $30,000 to balance the center's budget.

The auction will feature artwork from every class. Infants, Dotseth noted, can experiment with paint in their highchair trays.

"Children express themselves through art," stated Jacobson. "At FEC, we try to focus on the process of making art, not just dabbing paint on paper."

Anyone interested in more information about the Framing the Future Luncheon can contact Kim Flores at 776-2025 or Kimberly.flores@yc.edu.

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