Even after a three-decade career educating children, Jennifer Cross can't let herself get away from a classroom for too long.

Even after a three-decade career educating children, Jennifer Cross can't let herself get away from a classroom for too long.

Cross, who owns and operates an art studio at her Hilliard residence, spent four days last week at Britton Elementary School as an in-residence artist.

Cross taught at Columbus schools before coming to Hilliard in 1992 where she taught special needs and talented-and-gifted students at Ridgewood Elementary and then Norwich Elementary before retiring in 2014.

Becky Rehbeck, an art teacher at Britton Elementary, knew Cross as a teacher at Norwich and invited her to visit the school where Cross taught students the process of paper-making.

The school's parent-and-teacher organization fund provides for special events such as an in-residence artist.

"I knew about her studio and thought it would be great for our students to learn about some of the things she does in our classroom," Rehbeck said.

Third-grade students spent one day last week learning how to make paper, using pulp, a screen and water to carry out the process.

"I liked that I could choose my own color," said Brian Hall.

Makayla Harry said while she enjoyed the paper-making process she found the process a bit messier than expected.

"But it was really neat to lift the screen and have a piece of paper," Harry said.

The process was especially exciting for Jake Mellett.

"Using the pulp was cool!" exclaimed Mellett, thanking Cross for visiting the classroom.

For Cross, the home-studio she founded is a way to keep enriching children.

Cross uses her at-home studio, Cross Family Studios, to teacher art to school-aged children.

Cross, who has a doctorate degree in art education from Ohio State University, offers programming for three age groups ranging from "art buddies" for kindergarten and first-graders to advanced classes for high-school students.

The advanced classes include an in-depth exploration of media and techniques, Cross said.

"I love working with kids," and watching them become inspired making art, Cross said.

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