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St. John’s students participate in illustrators workshop

Students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion view several of Jim Caturia's illustrations and paintings during a recent illustrator’s workshop at the school. (Submitted photo)

St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Vermillion students participated in an illustrator’s workshop Jan. 31 as part of the school’s “Family Day” during the Catholic Schools Week celebration. School parent Jim Caturia talked with students at an all-school assembly, telling them that he first started enjoying to draw when he was in kindergarten. With eight siblings, Caturia often asked for drawing paper for Christmas.  Although his educational pursuits led to a degree in graphic design, and later a career at Flint Hills Refinery, Caturia never gave up sketching and painting in his spare time that seemed to blend beautifully with his love for wildlife and hunting.

Photography and painting are now pastimes he enjoys with his wife and two children, and it has led to competing in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, in which he placed third and sixth. He’s also entered the Minnesota State Stamp competition for the Turkey Stamp and the Pheasant Stamp and placed second and third for the Turkey category. Caturia got his start entering contests in high school, at the suggestion of his art teacher, and entered the Junior Federal Duck Stamp competition.

After his presentation, Caturia worked with the students in small group sessions teaching them basic drawing techniques and offering each encouragement.