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Friday's a fine day for Baker's budding artists

Instructor Paul Hoelscher mixes paint colors for Haley Searles, 12. Hoelscher has offered Young Artists Studio at Crossroads for six years. Students can join at any time.
Instructor Paul Hoelscher mixes paint colors for Haley Searles, 12. Hoelscher has offered Young Artists Studio at Crossroads for six years. Students can join at any time.

For the Baker City Herald

Paul Hoelscher pours a puddle of red paint, then one of blue and another of white. He starts mixing — a little red, a little white — and then asks Haley Searles if it's the red she wants.

"Um, a little lighter," she says.

He mixes in a bit more white, adjusting the hue until she nods.

"Mixing paint is the coolest part," Hoelscher says, handing Searles a brush to start painting a red base on her ceramic cupcake.

Searles, 12, can be found at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center most Fridays for Young Artists Studio, a class Hoelscher has offered for  six years.

It meets Fridays from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. It is open to ages 10 to 18, and students can join at any time.

The cost is $15 per session or four sessions for $50.

Art projects are dictated by the students — painting in any medium, even 3-dimensional pottery pieces — and helped along by Hoelscher.

"It's a true open studio," he said. "Some kids know what they want to do, and some come with no ideas."

The class description is quite open: "The idea behind this ongoing class is to help young people make art the way that most interests them, with an artist who believes that everyone is artistic and who has enough personal experience to be supportive of many media and techniques."

Though the maximum class capacity is 10, Hoelscher said an average class ranges from two to six.

Just a short hallway away is another youth class — Kids Pottery Studio, also held Fridays from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.

The age range is 8 to adult, and students may join at any time. The cost is $50 per month for Crossroads members or $55 for non-members.  The drop-in price is $15 for members or $20 for non-members. (These prices include all clay and firing costs.)

Tina Ota is the instructor, and welcomes all skills levels, from those new to pottery to those with some experience.

She encourages students to make useful pieces.

"I try to get things that are fairly functional that they can express their creativity on," she said. "I try to incorporate something from their life, or what they're learning about."

Last Friday, Isabella Evans, 12, and Maddi Johnson, 9, both are working on projects they will give as gifts.

Ota said they use a special glaze that can be applied to wet clay, as opposed to firing a piece first and then glazing.

"They can feasibly make a project and glaze it in the same day," she said.

Ota said during spring break she will offer a pottery class for building bookends that will reflect a favorite story.

"You could do Huck Finn on a raft — a scene from their favorite book," she said.

Since both youth studios are held at the same time, students can join the other class if their instructor is absent for the day.

For more information, call Crossroads at 541-523-5369 or stop by the center at 2020 Auburn Ave.


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