If you haven’t checked out the blog of local art teacher Don Masse since I first mentioned it a few months ago, it’s worth a click. He takes the work of famous artists and illustrators and teaches it to his kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a public school in southeastern San Diego.

One of my favorite recent posts: Fourth-graders mimic one of my favorite artists from childhood, Canadian painter Ted Harrison.

If you want to see the fourth-graders’ work in person, you can check out their exhibition opening Friday at Viva Pops, a popsicle store in Normal Heights. Local artist Isaias Crow did a mural at that shop with his team the Prizm Process.

Masse taught his students to make artwork in the same style, which delighted them:

Isaias and his team use mostly spray paint and some acrylic paint to complete their large scale murals.

I then showed a few photos of the Viva Pops mural, both in process and complete. When I said we would be making a popsicle work there were roars. When I mentioned that we would use spray paint to add a finishing touch, mouths dropped.

The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

I’m the arts editor for VOSD. Please contact me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531 and follow me on Twitter: @kellyrbennett.

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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