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Artists in School inspires Park View students

Artist-in-School Patti Kennedy just finished her month-long visit at Park View School on Friday. She’s joined by third-grade students in Leslie Heavy’s class.


POSTED March 4, 2013 1:17 a.m.

Patti Kennedy lost her voice at about the time she started as the Artist in School at Park View Elementary School.

That was back in early February and she had doctor’s order to rest her vocal cords for the next two weeks.

Kennedy, whose one-month stay at the Ripon Unified site was made possible by the school’s Parents Faculty Club, made it through the rough patch thanks to the support of the students.

“The kids were wonderful,” she said on Friday.

It was also Kennedy’s last day of working with Park View students. From here, she’ll spend the next few weeks at One Charter School in Stockton.

Leslie Heavey, who is a third-grade teacher at Park View, was grateful to have Kennedy work with her students this past month.

“They learned about shading and lines,” Heavey said.

Kennedy provided instructions on the various techniques, doing so while rotating to each of the classrooms.

In Heavey’s class, for example, students used what they learned from the artist from the San Joaquin County Office of Education on drawings such as a blue jay, slice of cake and panther.

The Artists-in-Schools program provides a cost-effective, high-quality program to students in the county.

“For over 50 years, SJCOE has placed an emphasis on art education,” said Superintendent of Schools Mick Founts. “Despite these tough economic times, it makes me proud to help bring vital programs like musical events and Artists in Schools in the lives of our students and our community.”

For the past two years, Kennedy has handled the visual arts for students through the county. She made recent visits to Tracy and Lodi.

“Before this, I worked for a private firm,” said Kennedy, she said now enjoyed her time working with youngsters.

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