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Art in henna



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Grace Dean and Lizzy Brady check out Callie Dickens' henna design. (click for larger version)
November 27, 2013 - About 200 students at Springfield Plains and Andersonville elementary schools learned the art of henna firsthand with artwork painted on their hands by local artists.

"It started with an art lesson, pencil drawings of henna designs," said art teacher Laura Wilson. "To make a bigger connection, I brought in artists to work with the students."

Henna art is made from a paste formed from henna leaves, said artist Sandy Rippetoe.

"It stains the skin like a raspberry does," Rippetoe said.

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The plant is grown in northern Africa and the Middle East, and used in many cultures and religions, she said.

The designs fades within a couple weeks, she said.

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