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    Students create virtual art gallery on the Internet

    By JULIE CHURCH

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 18, 2001


    A group of East Lake High School students has found a way to combine a love of art with an interest in the Internet. They are creating a virtual art gallery to display their works and those of other aspiring artists at the school.

    The project began last fall, when art teacher Pat Priscoe got together with one of her former students, Arsen Brzostek, who is now a graphic artist and Web page designer. The two were trying to come up with ways to introduce Web page design to art students. The idea of encouraging them to create their own site seemed like a natural fit.

    "I'd say 95 percent of the art schools don't prepare their students for Web design," said Brzostek, who is consulting on the project. "This is a way for these students to get a leg up in the business world."

    Priscoe applied for grant money from the school's Student Advisory Council and also from the Junior League of Clearwater/Dunedin. The organizations granted her $1,600 to purchase state-of-the-art software and pay for consulting services.

    Priscoe then approached students in her advanced computer graphics class to see whether they would be interested in pursuing the idea of a Web site.

    "We talked about it and decided it would be a great way to display the talent of East Lake art students," said Pete Christianson, 18.

    The seven computer graphic students working on the Web page each spend about eight hours a week on the project.

    They developed a four-point scale for rating each piece of artwork submitted. Those they deem appropriate for the site are imported using a digital camera and scanner. The Web page is divided into various art forms with a different button for each media.

    Although the Web page is not on the Internet yet, the students expect it to be operational by the end of the school year.

    "It has been a time-consuming project," said Matt Santucci, 19. "There has been a lot of trial and error."

    Priscoe said the project has been a learning experience for both her and the students.

    "A lot of things are falling into place quickly now," she said. "At first they were totally baffled, but now they are totally self-directed."

    An Internet address has not yet been assigned to the site, Priscoe said, but when it is up, people will be able to link to the site through the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Web site at http://www.dfac.org.

    Women's club holds fashion show, luncheon

    The GFWC Women's Club of Tarpon Springs will hold its annual fashion show and luncheon Wednesday at 11 a.m. at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway.

    Fashions by Tissy's of Palm Harbor and the Belleview Biltmore will be featured. Children's clothing by the Wooden Soldier will be modeled by members' grandchildren. For information, call (727) 937-7101.

    Band students to perform at East Lake High

    An instrumental music program, Articulation on Music in the Schools, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. The concert will feature performances from the East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs Middle School and Carwise Middle School instrumental programs.

    Refreshments and a question-and-answer session will follow the program in the East Lake High School band room. For information check http://www.eastlakeband.com.

    YMCA offers scuba classes

    The YMCA of North Pinellas will offer scuba classes beginning April 13. The classes will be held Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive.

    At the end of class and pool training, students will take five open-water dives over two days.

    Students must provide a mask, fins, snorkel, weight belt and weights. Wet suits are not provided and are not required.

    For information, call (727) 772-9622.

    Fair will highlight health, parenting issues

    Brooker Creek Elementary School will hold a Parent Health and Safety Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. March 29.

    More than 25 exhibitors will offer a variety of health screenings and demonstrations. Four speakers will discuss parenting issues.

    The event is open to the public. Brooker Creek Elementary is at 3130 Forelock Road. For information, call (727) 938-2660.

    Author to speak about helping kids be successful

    Sylvia Rimm, a psychologist and contributing correspondent to NBC's Today show, will give a free talk on family and school approaches to guiding children toward achievement. She is the author of How Jane Won: The Rimm Report on How Girls Become Successful Women.

    Rimm, a clinical professor at the Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland, will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 28, at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive.

    Young cheerleaders win first-place in competition

    The East Lake Eagles Flyweight Division Cheerleaders continue to reign in competition. The squad of 20 girls, ages 7 to 9, took first-place honors in the American Open Cheerleading Competition on March 10 and 11 at the University of South Florida.

    - If you have news or photos about East Lake schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, contact Julie Church at the North Pinellas Times. You can call her at (727) 445-4229, e-mail material to her at church@sptimes.com or mail material to North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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