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Giraffes, butterflies and ballerinas


Children enhance LOHS students artwork

by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lake Oswego High School students, from left, Emily Wolfram, Marshall Woods, Gary Gates and Noah Bucchi participated in an art project with Forest Hills Elementary School students.Forest Hills Elementary School students surprised a few Lake Oswego High School teens during a recent collaboration.

LOHS art teacher Katie Brink’s class at the end of September gave Forest Hills teacher Molly Mattson Stephan’s first- and second-graders sketches of 1970s yearbook headshots, and the pint-size artists anchored the floating heads with bodies and filled out the backgrounds with details and designs.

In mid-November, Lakers got a look at the changes, then fleshed out the creations with depth and value (gradation of colors). Media included Sharpie, chalk pastel, oil pastel and colored pencil. The opuses are on display at LOHS, 2501 Country Club Road, until Dec. 12.

Emelia Walker

Second-grader Emelia Walker created a ballerina body for the portrait of a man that came across her short-legged desk.

“It was a boy, and then I drew a tiny, little body that was a ballerina because I thought it would look funny,” Emelia said. “It did look funny.”

Drawing a giraffe below the young woman’s portrait she received worked for second-grader Belen Villarreal.

“I really like giraffes,” Belen explained. “I like their color, spots.”Belen Villarreal

LOHS senior Emily Wolfram was impressed with the imaginative additions to her portrait: a keyboard, trees and butterflies.

“The whole project was cute,” Wolfram said.

A butterfly body transformed LOHS senior Gary Gates’ work.

“It was really fun to see kids interpreting our art in a creative way and adding what they see fitting to it,” Gates said.

Acting upon inspiration from a project Brink explored with her 5-year-old, Chloe, Brink brought the idea to the two schools. The concept came from thisiscolossal.com, an art website Brink enjoys.

She said the children brought out a warmth and joy in her own students, who inspected every detail of their altered artwork.

“They’re still young,” she said. “They’re still kids. They still get excited about little things.”.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Forest Hills Elementary second-grader Emelia Walker added a ballerina body to the Lake Oswego High School portrait she got.

Mattson Stephan said the smallest change made a big difference. She laughed when she recounted how one of her students accented a portrait of a young male with a star-badge on his chest that simply read “man.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.