Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

From their ongoing study of owls, the second grade students in Marilyn Moore's class at Norman G. Ambrosini School have created special works of art, which are on display at the Fortuna Library through the end of December.

The students have learned about the largest owl species (Great Grey Owl) and the smallest owl species (Elf Owl). “I liked the elf owl the best, because they can drill through a cactus to make their nest,” said 7-year-old Philip Schlotzhauer, one of the students in Mrs. Moore's class. He said they started the art project on a Friday with drawing the outline of the owls, and applied the watercolors and other artistic touches the following week.

The unique paintings are in a variety of colors and range from subtle, realistic birds to vibrant, expressionistic birds.

The Fortuna Library is located at 735 14th Street and Library hours are Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m, Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The library is closed Sundays and Mondays and will also be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Photos by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

1. Owls in this photo were created by Philip Schlotzhauer and Natalie Rodriguez. Also pictured are the students in Marilyn Moore's class at Norman G. Ambrosini School in Fortuna.

2. Above, artistic owl creations by Norman G. Ambrosini School second-grade students Elle Emmons, Brayden Belt and Tiera Riggs.