God-given gift shared with students

Students at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion view several of Jim Caturia's illustrations and paintings during a recent illustrators workshop at the grade preK through 6th school.

Students at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion recently participated in an illustrators workshop, as part of the preK through 6th grade school's "Family Day" Catholic Schools Week celebration. School parent and artist Jim Caturia talked with students at an all-school assembly, telling them that he first started enjoying to draw when he was in kindergarten. And with eight siblings, Caturia often asked for drawing paper for Christmas. Although his educational pursuits lead 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, which 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's even lead to competing in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, in which he placed 3rd and 6th. He's also entered the Minnesota State Stamp competition for the turkey stamp and the pheasant stamp, placing 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 with a heavy amount of encouragement.

Students at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion get out their paper and sketching pads to learn basic drawing techniques from visiting professional, Jim Caturia.