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Art Classes Available For Kids, Adults
Budding local artists joined art teacher Carol Earle at The Hobby Shop in Oakdale to create some spooky art before Halloween, Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22. Earle offers art classes for adults and children that includes all materials and instruction and a finished art piece by the end of the class. KIM VAN METER/THE LEADER

Having taught art in Oakdale since 1988, Carol Earle knows her way around an art easel and she’s still doing what she loves most — teaching art to whoever wants to put a brush in their hand.

“A lot of the students I have now are the kids of former students,” Earle said, smiling.

Currently, Earle has afterschool classes for kids, ages 7 and up, and adult classes for anyone who is interested in picking up a new skill, hobby or undiscovered talent.

Each class, students work with acrylic paint on a chosen art subject and by the end of the session, they have something to take home for their efforts. Recently, youngsters focused on Halloween-themed paintings.

The classes are held at The Hobby Shop in Oakdale and all materials are included in the class price.

Classes are $15 per class and Earle is accepting new artists.

Earle is a member of the Oak Valley Art Society and the Valley Art Association.

For more information or to sign up for the adult or children classes, call The Hobby Shop at 209-847-8772 or Earle at 209-380-6288.

Eight-year-old Lola, a student at Magnolia Elementary, receives some one-on-one art instruction from long-time community art teacher Carol Earle as they create some fun, spooky art just in time for Halloween. KIM VAN METER/THE LEADER