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Kelly Slater practices technique
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Two Saugus women artists offer students the hands-on approach while teaching at the Lynn Museum

  On Saturday, March 11, Saugus artist Kelly Slater and Laura Eisener of Saugus put together a two-part Art class at the Lynn Museum. Laura explained different trees and their fruits and brought examples to pass around, while Kelly bought an array of art mediums to explore with different drawing techniques. After Laura educated the class on classifications of trees and their fruits, Kelly demonstrated techniques, such as blind contour, continuous contouring, scribbling and ant’s eye view. She used the leaves and tree branches scattered about for models. After choosing their art mediums, students worked fun timed techniques.

  Kelly contoured a tree branch with scribbles, a leaf with a cotton ball, a walnut stained pine cone sketch, and students followed. Kelly introduced the class to using natural sources to make paints; she had several varieties to share; a couple colors were made of spirulina (green) and turmeric orange / brown. It was a peaceful, relaxing time of art exploration.

  The second class of their two-part series will be Tuesday, March 21, from 5:30-7:30 at the Lynn Museum (590 Washington St.

A student’s work
A student’s work of contouring a white oak leaf (Quercus Alba) and tulip tree leaf (liriodendron tulipifera) with a cotton ball and paint Kelly Slater made using spirulina (for green) and turmeric (warm orangey yellow).
Laura Eisener sketches an ant_s eye view
Laura Eisener sketches an ant’s eye view and regular view of a cone from a Norway spruce (picea abies). (Courtesy photos to Saugus Advocate by Joanie Allbee)
Kelly Slater practices technique
Kelly Slater practices the technique of scribble to capture an image of a red oak leaf (Quercus rubra).

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