Hamilton Elementary School sixth-grader Raine Westfall shows off a mask she created with help from artist and teacher Dani LaBlond. Mask-making and other art activities are open to the public this evening during an art fair hosted by the Port Angeles school.

Hamilton Elementary School sixth-grader Raine Westfall shows off a mask she created with help from artist and teacher Dani LaBlond. Mask-making and other art activities are open to the public this evening during an art fair hosted by the Port Angeles school.

WEEKEND: Port Angeles school holding hands-on art fair

PORT ANGELES — A community art fair, complete with displays and projects for all ages, will take over Hamilton Elementary School, 1822 W. Seventh St., this evening.

“The gym will hold a hands-on art activity smorgasbord involving amazing projects for the whole family,” promised Sarah Tucker, an artist, teacher and fair orchestrator.

From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., visitors will have their choice among ceramics, mixed-media and painting projects, as well as a chance to create a graffiti alphabet with art teacher Cathy Haight.

In the school library, performer Shannon Cosgrove will offer a children’s improv workshop.

Admission to the activities is a suggested donation of $3.

Also part of the fair: a multimedia show put on by Tucker and fellow local artists Jamaica de Luna, Dani LaBlond, David Haight, Gay Whitman, Linda Crow and Jeff Tocher.

Friday’s art fair is sponsored by Hamilton’s parent-teacher organization, which also supported the pilot program ArtPaths@Hamilton in conjunction with the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

In this program, Hamilton students explored color theory and the color wheel with Tocher, ceramics with LaBlond and self-portraits with Tucker.

“Students did a ‘self-esteem’ portrait with black-and-white tempera, adding positive words to describe themselves as part of the background; the results were funny and heartwarming,” Tucker said.

For details about the art fair, phone Hamilton at 360-452-6818.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

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