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Pre-K students to show off painting skills

August 12, 2011

A band of pint-sized artists will have a one-day art exhibit in Costa Mesa — right in the middle of nap time.

Orange Coast College is showcasing "The Language of Paint," a single-day exhibit of 24 paintings created by the pre-kindergarten students in the college's Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center.

The 5-year-old students were given disposable cameras to capture the world around them and asked to re-create their favorite photo in paint.

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The children had no special arts training, but figured out how to mix the colors themselves and learned through experimentation about different techniques like applying paint with a sponge or Q-tips.

The paintings will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a reception from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Children's Gallery of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. OCC is at 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.

Admission is free.

—Britney Barnes

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