Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Star of the Week-Thomas

Hi, I am Thomas and I am going to tell you about my summer at the State Fair. First I have to tell you that I love to oil paint.  My Papa Mike started to teach me how to paint when I was just 5 years old.  It is something special I get to share with my papa.  I like to paint pictures about stuff I am learning in school or places I visit.  Last year I painted pictures of Big Trees State Park, Africa, a hedgehog and the rainforest.  I entered 3 paintings into the California State Fair Fine Arts competition and two of my paintings won awards.  My painting of a lion in Africa got 3rd place and my painting of Big Trees State Park got 2nd place and was also awarded a California State Parks Foundation award.  It was awesome to get the special award.  They gave me a lot of cool state park stuff and also passes to go to the state parks for free.  I have already used one pass a Big Trees State Park. I even got my picture put in the California State Parks Foundation Newsletter.  You can click on the link to see the newsletter:

During this summer I also worked in my Papa Mike’s production company building county exhibits for the state fair.  It is a family business my whole family works in together.  I helped paint, clean, stock and even a little building on 7 counties.  The counties we worked on were El Dorado, Shasta, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Butte, Mendocino and Colusa county. Some of the jobs  I would do are paint big fruit, cute little crabs or frames. I would also help my mom by cleaning paint brushes or scraping paint. Once the fair opened my brother, sister and I went in every morning and cleaned the exhibits, restocked brochures and watered plants.  It was a lot of work and I had to get up early but it was worth it when I got my paycheck. Our exhibits won 1 gold and 6 silver medals and we also received a best use of technology and special effects for Monterey county. Here are some pictures of the exhibits. I hope you enjoy them.  I had so much fun and I cannot wait till I am old enough to use the power tools for building. I am the youngest contractor at the CA State Fair.

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  1. Thomas - That's so awesome that you're the youngest contractor at the state fair! What a cool project to share with your Papa Mike. I loved reading your blog. =) Lisa (Mila's mom)

  2. Thomas - It is so cool to hear about all the awesome things you've done. I love the state fair - especially the county exhibits! I look forward to seeing your work next year.
    - Chris (Matthew's mom)

  3. Mr. Thomas, you are amazingly talented and I am so proud of you!


  4. I like your paintings thomas milo

  5. That is so cool that you won the state fair! I wish i could win a state fair just like you.Thats really cool that you where in the newspaper too.Have you ever been to camp? love, mack

  6. Hi Thomas, you are a great artist. Do you think one day your paintings will be in a museum? Is that golden teddy bear the State Fair Mascot? I went to Big Trees Park too. It was a lot of walking, and I got some splinters, but I still enjoyed it! Wow, Thomas!! You are really a contractor? Did you enjoy making the exhibits? Which was your favorite one to make? Have you even made paintings of cats, since they are your favorite animal? It is very cool that you were in a newsletter. I think you will become a famous artist if you keep on painting when you grow up!
    Your friend,

  7. Dear Thomas, I like your pictures because they look cool. did you paint that Picture? what is that little card? Your friend Isaiah.

  8. Dear, Thomas
    Wonderful job on earning the award. I really love the painting. It is the best painting I ever seen a student draw.
    Your classmate, Katherine

  9. Dear Thomas,
    I like the pictures on your blog. Do you like taking pictures? I do not like taking pictures.
    Your Friend,


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