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Mineral Art Classes at Ste.-Marie-Aux-Mines: Fantastique!

The 2015 Ste-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show was the venue for the debut of mineral art classes for visitors, especially young visitors, attending the show. German artists Jörg Thomas (see Robinson 2013) and Andrée Roth participated in the show exhibiting their art and teaching mineral art to children. From the accompanying photos, it appears their efforts were well rewarded: they taught four classes of children from ages eight to ten, with each class having twenty to twenty-five pupils. All the children received diplomas with their names on them at the completion of the class. Thomas did most of the teaching, and Roth translated his message from German to French for the children while he was demonstrating his art and techniques to them. Following the very successful response to this new idea, the two artists are planning to teach mineral art at several shows in Germany.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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