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February 6, 2018 > Light up your Valentine?s Day

Light up your Valentine?s Day

Submitted By Arathi Satish

An interesting intersection of arts and science will result in a beautiful electronic greeting card at an exciting workshop conducted by Mrs. Jem at the Fremont Art Association (FAA). Mrs. Jem, who regularly conducts classes at FAA, will be offering this unique opportunity for students to make an amazing card for a special occasion. She says, ?I am fortunate to have my OMSRIARTS Art classes at FAA Gallery. Kids get inspired by the work of other artists who visit. They also appreciate the comments of artists who visit during class hours.?

Jamunarani B. Ramaraj, or Mrs. Jem as she is popularly known, is a Niles Elementary School liaison for Music for Minors II (MFMII), Reflections Art Program chair for Niles Elementary, and a member of the Fremont Art Association who teaches art to children of varying ages. Her service as a docent earned her MFMII's prestigious Harmony Service Award in June 2013. Her service as liaison and Reflections chair earned one of the prestigious PTA's Honorary Service Award in February 2016 for bringing music and arts to Niles school students. She uses her leisure time drawing, painting, and teaching kids how to do it too, and in turn learning from them.

Mrs. Jem has not only won many awards but has contributed to the local art scene as a judge. Her watercolor paintings titled, ?For Vivid View of Mountain Range,? ?Blue Birds on Blossom,? and ?Sri Krishna Era Animals? have won her awards. She has helped add some STEAM activities to the Fremont Cultural Arts Council?s events and was one of the STEAM booth runners for making electronic greeting cards for Arts in the Park at Shinn Park and Experience a Science extravaganza at Ohlone College, Newark Campus.

An engineer by background, Mrs. Jem has come up with a way of making simple electrical circuits with copper strips, powering a small LED light with a hearing aid battery. Children design a greeting card out of a sheet of paper, place a circuit inside, and ?viola!? a card that lights up whatever the child has drawn or painted.

An exciting ?Electric Greeting Cards Workshop? where arts and science come together will be held on Sunday, February 11. At this unique event, students will create a Valentine or any other holiday electric greeting card. They will first create a simple circuit that will turn on a LED light behind the card. Students will learn the process in three parts: They will learn to draw or doodle based on basic shapes, perception, and composition; color using watercolor pencils, wet-on-dry techniques, and light and dark values; then use circuitry techniques, assembling the template and learning about the different components and how the complete circuit works.

As seats are limited, contact Mrs. Jem for more details at (510) 789-3241 or email The workshop is for ages 5 ? 17; all materials are included (one card per student). Register by paying with PayPal or at the FAA Gallery. Details about the workshop and regular OMSRIARTS classes can be obtained by visiting

Electric Greeting Cards Workshop
Sunday, Feb 11
12:30 p.m. ? 2:00 p.m.
Fremont Art Association
37697 Niles Blvd, Fremont
(510) 789-3241
Fee: $20

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