Tillamook High School Senior shares love of art with homeschool students

Story courtesy of Art Accelerated

Chloe Rieger grew up surrounded by art.

“My grandma Cindy [Gardner] has always been into art and she always has given us art supplies,” Rieger said.

As a senior at Tillamook High School, Rieger needed a senior project.

“I was talking with my mom about all the things that I could do,” Rieger said. “I just couldn’t find something that I was really interested in.”

Then, family friend Kirstin Bennett opened Valley Venture Farm Homeschool and it sparked an idea for Rieger.

“I’ve always liked doing arts and crafts, so I asked if [Kirstin] wanted help with her homeschool to do a some art projects.”

Bennett happily agreed to Rieger’s offer.

THS Senior Chloe Rieger teaches art lessons to Valley Venture Farm Homeschool as a part of her senior project. Photo provide by VVFH.

Rieger has visited Valley Venture Farm Homeschool several times to help kindergarteners and preschool age-students with various art projects.

“One of the times we made bird feeder pinecones,” Rieger said. “They took their pinecones and spread peanut butter on them and rolled them in birdseed.”

On another visit, Rieger taught about acrylics.

“We did a sunset scene,” she said. “They got all the colors and painted a tree, and then filled their tree with cotton balls.”



THS Senior Chloe Rieger. Photo by Courtney Beeler

Rieger has plans to continue her lessons with the students throughout the year. A gift received by Art Accelerated from the Roundhouse Foundation are supporting the purchase of art supplies for the project.

Rieger said that her senior project taught her patience, but was also a nice break from her daily life.

“They have loved the art projects. They were always asking me questions,” Rieger laughed. “But, it was like an escape from reality to be with a bunch of kindergartners.”

After graduation in the spring, Rieger plans to become a certified esthetician, as well as build on her experience from FFA and continue working with beef cows.

Art Accelerated is non-profit artist-based organization promoting the arts on the Tillamook Coast. We support contemporary artists with exhibitions, performances, and education programs for youth and adults. Writers MeetUp, Online Drawing and Painting Classes, Pop Up Shows, and Artworks.
For more information about Art Accelerated programs, classes and more, go to www.artaccelerated.org