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A rush of color and design at the library


It's showtime at the Savage Library.

Artists from Forest Ridge Elementary have again generously agreed to lend new works to brighten the children's area.

The library's tasteful color scheme of eggplant, taupe and teal is now augmented with totemic masks displayed near the copiers by the checkout desk.

These lively portraits, fashioned of egg cartons and paint, recall some of the earliest tribal art.

Check out the works of third-graders Scott Templin, who made a blue horned figure, Kevin Dean, with an Eskimo-inspired image, Shane Wieman, whose totem sports a brown yarn mustache, and Tabitha Palm, whose red-nosed and very sculptural figure glares at onlookers. Terrific works all.

In an entirely different vein, second-grader Leah Klatte's Matisse-inspired collage hangs on the library's story-room door.

Its vaguely dinosaur-like forms and joyous leaf shapes hint at the magical, imaginary world found through the doorway.

There must have been a terrific sale on crayons this fall.

jTC First-, second- and third-graders have been using a crayon wax-resist technique in their library productions.

The first-graders drew delicate whole leaves, colored them lightly, then brushed a blue watercolor wash over them. They came up with lovely, almost fairylike, effects.

The efforts of Laura Tricoli, Lashelle Manning and Jacob Millerlook like backdrops to Disney's "Fantasia."

Not so for the second-graders.

Using the same technique, materials and leaf theme, the second-graders used stronger colors and a more intimate approach to the subject.

The boldly colored leaves are seen close-up. Most leaves crowd the center of the paper, leaving lots of fragments along the edges.

Come see the works of Megan Li, Louise Cosgrove, Jennifer Bonczar, Kristina Franken and Sarah Dwyer.

Some second-graders drew totem poles depicting members of their families. It is a curious thing to note exactly where the household pets are depicted on the pole.

In some, the positions reveal age, so Dad and Mom are at the top, children in the middle and pets at the bottom.

In others, the pets surround the artist and siblings are low on the totem pole.

Come see the efforts of Wendy Webb, Matthew Lazas and Mary Pronesti.

Last but not least, Cindy Zagorski and Cassandra Holtmann drew full-length self-portraits.

Spending the money

Forest Ridge Elementary mother Bev Lee says the extra $560 the school's PTA garnered at a recent Pizza Hut fund-raiser is making a big difference in the budget.

It has brought on the sort of budget crisis every PTA adores: We have extra money, how do we spend it?

So far, the winning proposal is to fund a climbing wall for the school's gym.

Winter offerings

It's a bit early to plan for the new year, but when the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers so many unusual educational possibilities, planning ahead is a good idea.

Blast the winter doldrums away by learning to play the bagpipes. This instrument has put fear into the hearts of brave men in 10,000 battles -- and will wake up even the most lethargic among us.

Leslie Seplaki will teach the basics of this ancient instrument (students need not bring bagpipes to class) for six weeks beginning Jan. 28 at Hammond Middle School.

A tai chi class will be offered Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 9 at Patuxent Valley Middle school.

This slow-moving, stretching, self-defense and health-oriented discipline is not only relaxing, but just might help gently burn off those extra calories.

Hammond High School will hold international cooking classes, beginning Jan. 30 with Thai cooking. Other offerings throughout the winter will focus on Indian, Burmese and Chinese cuisines.

A six-week cake-decorating series on Tuesday nights begins Jan. 28. Pat Massey will be the instructor.

For information, call the Department of Recreation and Parks, 313-7275.

Pub Date: 12/20/96

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