Professional caricature artist visits MHS art club

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Professional caricature artist Henry Kaufmann visited the art club at Marshalltown High School and worked on this self portrait as he explained his work.

Professional caricature artist Henry Kaufmann visited the art club at Marshalltown High School on November 15. Kaufmann works special events as a caricature artist and is a full-time tattoo artist in Des Moines.
“I’ve been drawing my whole life,” Kaufmann said.

He formerly had a full-time job as a caricature artist at the Houston Downtown Aquarium and now produces caricature art on a part-time basis at weddings, proms and other special events.

The artist has a connection to MHS as his mother is MHS art teacher Rebecca Erickson.

“I wanted to get the students in the club involved in something we don’t teach at the high school,” Erickson said.

The art club meets monthly after school at MHS. Kaufmann’s advice for the student artists was clear – never stop drawing.

“Pick up a pencil and never put it down,” Kaufmann said.

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