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Pine Island students create ‘Magnificent Bird Pastels’

October 4, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Ten Pine Island students gathered at the Pine Island Library Saturday for the third and final two-hour class "Magnificent Bird Pastels."

Local artist Zan Lombardo conducted the classes.

Lombardo is a master at teaching pre-teen and teenaged children to draw using pastels. In the three sessions each student ended up with a bird pastel.

Article Photos

ABOVE: Front (L to R): Rush Hale, Katie Harley, Joshua Hyde, Brianna Whitney, Chris Dressel. Back (L to R): Julia Hale, Darien Brown, Corin Scrudato, Zan Lombardo, Ava Williams, Hailey Lavigne.


The National Geographic Society, Audubon, and Cornell University's Ornithology Lab have designated 2018 as the Year of the Bird in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act Treaty.

In recognition of this milestone, the Friends of the Pine Island Library offered the classes to Pine Island students. Funds were raised for the classes from a concert held by Pine Island musician Annie Wenz in January.

The classes were open to Pine Island students ages 10-18. No previous experience was necessary to participate and all supplies were included

"We are mining some of the wonderful talent on Pine Island by using the beautiful bird photographs of Pine Island bird photographer Martha Huard," Lombardo said. "Ms. Huard has graciously allowed up to use her photographs."

In the first class the students learned how to "see" using the right hemisphere of their brain. Studies show that the right hemisphere of the brain is dominant for spatial abilities, visual imagery and music.

"I gave each student five drawing techniques: circles and ovals, contour lines, upside down, negative space and shading," Lombardo said. "What they're doing today is transferring their drawing techniques to using the color of pastels."

"From start to finish, using pencil and chalk pastel, in just six hours each student created the most detailed and realistic full color image they've ever made," Lombardo said.

The classes were free and sponsored by the Friends of Pine Island.



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