Learning From a Master

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
Hadassah and other students were given a blank piece of paper, charcoal and erasers to get started. The chalk she used wasn’t the type she uses in her art class at school, which is much bigger, she said. “School chalk art is more like working with a cheese puff”

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.

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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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