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Augusta Metcalfe Museum Art Award Winners
Shea Eckenrode, 1st Pioneering, Mixed Media
Amy Cronister, 1st  Pioneer Life, Misc/Fab/Col  
Jacie Focht, 3rd Photography, Pioneer Life   
Maci Miller, 3rd Color Drawing, Pioneer Life   
Tiffany Mounsey, HM Color Drawing, Pioneer Life 
Julia Linker, 1st Painting, Pioneer Life   
Hassana Searcy,  HM Painting, Pioneer Life   
Rylie Wyrick, 3rd Misc/Fab/Col, Pioneer Life   
Trevor Hubbs, 3rd Mixed Media, Flora/Fauna  

Art Toons by Mr. Robert Beatley

      Well, the new school year has started and is well under way.  I would like to say that same thing about autumn, but it still feels too much like summer to justify that statement. My grass is still green, but it is starting to change color… the problem is that the color change seems more motivated by recent lack of water than the change of seasons.  If we get the rain that is expected this week,  I am sure the color will change back to a vibrant green and should continue the need for mowing my lawn to well past Halloween! At this rate, our tree leaves may start changing about the time we are serving turkey!

    Oh well, on to something I can control.  Starting this Month, I am going to start teaching an adult painting class at the Mooreland Community Center.  The first class (hopefully with enough interest, there will be more) will be three hours long, and will run from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday the 13th.  Your cost will be (initially), $35.00, which will include a $20.00 start-up sack of supplies (including paint, brushes, pencil, and etc.) with the rest going for instruction and overhead.  My wife and I will supply snacks and drinks (such as tea, juice and water…, I am sorry but NO alcohol, which might lead you to want to think of our class, as the Sober Artists, but please don’t)! Ha Ha!  You will be assisted by some of my former and current art students. You will practice a few strokes and styles, and then attempt to complete two pieces, one in the watercolor/acrylic transparent style and another in the opaque acrylic style.  Please call either 994-6158 or 405-323- 7892 for more information or to sign up. We would be glad to have all levels and skill abilities represented.  Please see this as a fun afternoon with friends, while having the opportunity to improve or just plain discover your artistic abilities and talent.

     Ok, now I want to get on to some important news about my art students. It is still very early in the year, but some of my kids have already started to shine.  Two of my AP student’s from this year (and last year) were able to score a 3 and a 4 on the Advanced Placement Scoring Rubric which runs from a 1 to a 5.  This means they both were able to obtain college credit for the completed course, like they would have if they had completed a University level art class, but in high school. I am quite proud of Riley Kornele and Julia Linker.

      Also a couple of young students of mine have already won a few awards, which is wonderful as early as it is in the school year.  Evelyn Sturgill placed with two honorable mentions at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum, in their Photography Competition. Jacie Focht placed several times with photos at the Oklahoma State Fair. Way to go, girls! Well that will be enough for this old Art teacher for this week… so artistically yours, Robert Beatley.

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