PSU hosts 90 children during annual Family Art Morning
Gretchen Burns | managing editor
Kinley Carty was able to take what she learned from her art education and apply it to real life when she taught children at the University Art Association’s Family Art Morning last Saturday.
The UAA held its annual event in the classrooms of Porter Hall for the community youth.
Sunghee Choi created the theme of locality for the event based on a current exhibit in the University Gallery of Porter Hall.
“This semester, we got an exhibition, Collective Fusion II, that invited staff, faculty and friends of the PSU art department to display their works,” said Choi, art education professor. “So, I focused on the locality – our community, namely, what we are doing here and with whom, etc. To learn more about our community, I focused on the concept of ‘place.’ The theme of this semester was ‘Place We Live.’”
The community youth who attended the event participated in three activities.
The first activity was taught by Carty and was a “cityscape” activity that helped as a warm-up to give a sense about places, while recalling what the community they live in looked like. Kids used sponges and paint to stamp their buildings onto paper instead of just simply drawing the building.
Although Carty had a lesson, she said that some of the youth followed their own paths.
“Some of them did whatever they wanted,” said Carty, junior in art education. “Some of them drew angry birds or butterflies, but they really enjoyed working with the sponges. We all worked as a team on this lesson and teaching the kids here.”
Youth created a community mural by coloring squares that were later taped together and hung in the 2nd Floor Gallery of Porter Hall.
According to Choi, the mural was created to establish the sense that collaboration should occur to make a better community.
Natalie Jepson-Kundiger brought her daughter to experience Pittsburg State University.
“It’s fun to get out and experience the university,” said Jepson-Kundiger, PSU dance coach and instructor. “It allows me to get to see the gallery and what’s inside. Having community events at the college is a great way to get kids around here involved.”
The final project that the children worked on was an individual project and the main project of the day. The children were asked to answer questions about their place before they started to make their home out of cardboard squares.
Brendan Finley, who helped kids staple cardboard together for the main project, says he was impressed with the result.
“I’m in elementary education and I love working with kids,” said Finley, junior. “There are great projects here and there were a lot more kids than I was expecting to work with.”
Choi says that 80-90 children participated in the Family Art Morning and the event was considered a great turnout.
“I think today was successful because I observed that most of the children were really engaged in their making processes,” said Choi. “All the helpers who were elementary education students were fascinated with the concentration that children showed during their making processes.”
Cristel Benson brought her two children, 4 and 8 years old, and says the event was a great way for them to become involved with the university and the community.
“We try to never miss Family Art Day,” said Benson, assistant professor in graphics and imaging. “Just to have this in the community is a wonderful thing. I’m thrilled to see so many people here on a Saturday morning. I love the student interaction with the kids. They let them explore their creativity and learn at the same time.”