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Pine Grove Preschool art show tonight

Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier<br>Four-year-old students from Pine Grove Preschool and Aftercare eat their lunch while surrounded by their art, which is influenced by a number of historic figures such as Vincent van Gogh. The preschool’s annual art show is Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier<br>Four-year-old students from Pine Grove Preschool and Aftercare eat their lunch while surrounded by their art, which is influenced by a number of historic figures such as Vincent van Gogh. The preschool’s annual art show is Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

PRESCOTT - Claude Monet. Pablo Picasso. Vincent van Gogh. Jackson Pollock. They all serve as influences for many modern-day artists, even the young ones.

This Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., students at Pine Grove Preschool and Aftercare will offer a glimpse into the world of fine art - at least the world of fine art as interpreted by those aged 2 to 5-years-old.

This is the four-year-old preschool facility's third annual art show. The show is free and open to the public. The school is located at 217 Grove Avenue.

Teacher Dianne Dougan organized this year's show alongside teacher Tasha Chinnock and other staff members, who taught students the varied nuances found in the realm of fine art. Students learned about a number of different artists, including van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and even Pollock and Chihuly throughout the year.

"We do a lot of art with the kids during the school year," Dougan said. "We've done a lot of symmetry and a lot of realism. We just try to bring all of that into their little lives so they can start enjoying art."

The daycare's 65 enrolled students, ranging in age from 2-years-old to 5-years-old, contributed art for the annual show. Four-year-old students, for instance, worked on a number of projects, including "Starry Night" renditions, Monet-inspired works of impressionism, hands on flowers similar to Picasso's work.

"We've also done some modern art like what Pollack would do and we've done some realism like sunflowers. The students love it," Dougan said. "When we did Pollack inspired painting, we used straws to make different patterns. Students will use easels and their hands, brush painting, construction paper; a lot of different mediums."

The idea for the art show, said preschool director Ronna Weaver, comes from the Prescott community's love of art.

"I'd like our school to be a part of it," Weaver said. "It's great to put a real artist with something the kids are working on and the kids love it. It's a big deal for our little school."

Call the school at 928-277-1424 for more information.

Follow reporter Patrick Whitehurst on Twitter @pwdcourier

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