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Portraits bring students, seniors together

MHS class draws Glenwood Place residents

December 20, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A Marshalltown High School art project brought students and seniors together and the results amazed.

Drawing students created portraits based on photographs they took of the residents. Both groups met Wednesday for a reception at Glenwood to view the work.

"I think they are great," teacher Julie Bousum said of the portraits. "The kids said the best part is talking to the people here."

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Glenwood Place resident Marge Moore stands next to a portrait drawn of her by Marshalltown High School student Maria Ramirez Rodriguez, who is also pictured. Art students at the school did portraits of several of the Glenwood residents.

In November, the students visited to take photos of the residents. They then got to work on the pencil drawings using a grid to transfer the image.

"They stayed with it until they got everything right," said Helen Goecke, a Glenwood resident who was featured in the portraits. "They are really good."

Glenwood held a family potluck Tuesday night and the drawings were displayed for relatives of the residents.

"The families really enjoyed them," said Glenwood Manager Pamela Wells. "They were just so amazed."

Bousum said she did this project once when she taught in Green Mountain in the past. Sophomore artist Maria Ramirez Rodriguez said she was pleased with her portrait project. She agreed with her teacher saying the interaction with the seniors was the best part.

"It was very sweet to see all of them," she said.



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