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Young artists learn art savvy

By By Janet Little Cooper
Visual arts are the heartstrings of Vicki Day Faessel. Her love for art was recently demonstrated as she conducted summer art classes for children.
In an effort to promote the visual arts in her hometown of Atmore, Faessel held seven art classes during the summer months of June and July for students ranging in age from five to 15 years old.
"The summer program has been a tremendous success," Faessel said. "I had seven classes of children that included acrylic painting classes combined with looking at authentic art objects in the studio and combining this with art making experiences. In this environment, students have the opportunity to try new materials, and gain self-confidence and art savvy."
The Atmore resident has been an educator for more than 30 years and currently teaches art at Escambia Academy.
According to the high school art teacher and antique dealer she now spends time between estate sales, antique appraisals and art instruction.
Faessel has a gentle teaching style that is a hit with children of all ages. She believes that art plays an important role in a child's life.
"All youth, not just those with perceived talents, benefits from art programs such as this, making the student gain self-expression, emotional stability and stronger social skills," Faessel said.
Faessel held an end of the summer swim party and art expo for her students Saturday.
After the completion of a successful summer program, Faessel already has plans to start a series of Fall Art programs for children and adults as well.
If you would like more information about her fall art programs call 368-2150.