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14B Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter unl in Among the many benefits of the arts, a key one is the op- portunity to explore subject matter while expanding our own unique voice of creative expression. Such is the beau- ty and fun of Marian Haid's two exciting arts education programs, "A Brief History of the Underground Railroad and the Ten Quilt Blocks Used to Help Guide the Slaves to Freedom" and "Art Elements and Principles." Haid is one of nine local artists who provide visual arts, music, ceramics, dance and drama instruction within Plumas Arts' 24-year-old Artists in the Schools program. The California Arts Coun- cil, the Plumas County Office of Education and Plumas Arts provide funding for all kindergarten through sixth- grade classes in Plumas Coun- ty to enjoy one four- to 12- week program in an arts area of their choice. Students in Melissa Sheets' fourth- and fifth-grade class at C. Roy Carmichael Elemen- tary School in Portola have just completed the 12-week creative program, learning how to draw 10 different quilt patterns and exploring the significance they held to the "Williams family" during our country's early years. They studied the secret codes in the quilts and how they helped the runaway slaves fred their way to freedom. Each stu- dent had the opportunity to create 10 quilt squares and put them all together to create their own wall hangings. Haid also taught Mrs. Mar- tinez's sixth-grade class at CRC in the 12-week "Art Ele- ments and Principles." The five elements of line, shape, value, texture and color, when combined with basic artistic principles such as composition, harmony, nega- tive and positive space, and repetition, make up the won- derful world of design. Once students have those tools in hand, their creative instincts were set in motion. "Learning by doing" is Haid's intention, with the joy of per- sonal expression and explo- ration a just reward. In both programs, students measured and learned a lot about geometry. Mrs. Mar- tinez reflected on the knowl- edge her students gained from working with Haid, "In de- signing their quilt squares, they also planned the pattern of color they would use. "On top of all that, we learned more about the Un- derground Railroad. The kids loved it and they all had great success. In a time when edu- cators must cover so much material, there is little time to plan and execute art, let alone have a wonderful experience like this class has had. I am very grateful that the art pro- gram provides this service to the students and the teachers. We are very lucky to have it." Plumas Arts has worked with the Plumas County Office of Education, school sites and PTA/PTO groups providing Artists in the Schools pro- grams to students in our schools since 1986. These pro- grams have also been funded through crucial Arts Educa- tion grants from the California Arts Council. Plumas Arts reg- ularly competes successfully with other California Arts agencies for the California Arts Council arts education grants that benefit directly from the sale and renewal of the Califor- nia arts license plates. This year, the CAC is pro- moting these license plates, hoping to reach a goal of one million for 2010. All proceeds beyond the DMV fees are tax deductible and go towards supporting arts education. For more information about Plumas Arts, the Artist in the Classroom program or the California Arts Council, call Plumas Arts at 283-3402. f/%:'D/r : used a lot of geometry and other math skills. ~,'~,7I ' ": :: i :" :'..,'.";(: ~-~ I f Photos courtesy Plumas Arts Lj~ ~.~'~ '~ O, 0 pAr AO 0 Greenville and Chester varsity boys basketball teams have really stood out this year with their excellent sportsmanship and their behavior both on residents all have spoken of this after recent games, especially the game they played against each other in Greenville this winter. "They are unique they hang out off the floor as.well as on," said Chester Coach Dale Keefer of his boys. Photos submitted and off the court. Parents, teachers, coaches and in the way they, as a team support each other--- c~nlr~R8 Plumas Kid Emma Machin and her dog Abby are twins for the day. Emma trained Abby to do tricks, which they performed earlier this year at Art Bark in the Park. 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