Learning From a Master

Senior Hadassah Babura learned from one of the best April 20 when she took part in an art class taught by Chris LaPorte. The event was a fundraiser for the annual Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. An anonymous donor paid for Hadassah to take the class from LaPorte, who was the 2010 winner of ArtPrize, an international art competition held in downtown Grand Rapids. Here we present a photo story of her time with him.


Gustave Courbet

Hadassah went to LaPorte’s studio for the workshop. One of his pieces is behind her. “Everything around you is designed visually,” LaPorte said. “The couch you sit on, on the tie you wear, the house you build, all need to be designed by someone. If you’re creative and interested in art, the possibilities are endless”

Le Tran, East Kentwood visual art educator, and Hadassah talk to the artist before the class starts. “I’m thrilled she’s getting instruction from Chris LaPorte,” Tran said. “I love it when my students can have a learning experience

LaPorte removes the blue tape that formed the pizza-like guides before turning the portrait right-side up

Hadassah gets close up before finishing her work. She plans to go to Aquinas College to study language, but “she will always be making art, she’s a natural,” said teacher Tran

Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio


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