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With campus tours on the upswing and prospective students checking out everything that Fontbonne has to offer, it reminded me of my first campus tour. The grounds and old buildings are beautiful and the small size of the university makes it all feel like a close-knit community. I knew I was going to be an art major so I specifically asked to be taken to the art building to see all the facilities. We have an impressive art department to say the least. I do know, however, that most campus tours only give a brief glimpse of the art buildings’ foyer. The other day I also heard a tour guide tell a perspective student that they could just take an art class online because it was easier.
I am writing today to encourage new and current students to go into the art building, walk around, talk to the professors and students, and take an art class! It has nothing to do with whether or not you can draw a perfect figure or if you think you have any artistic talent. It is the professor’s job to teach you the basics of which ever class you take, and Fontbonne’s art department offers so many different kinds of art classes! There are the traditional drawing and painting classes, but then there are classes like sculpture, book making, metal smithing, photography, and (my personal favorite) ceramics. I promise you do not need immense amounts of artistic ability to take any of these classes. In fact, the only thing you need is your hands and a little creativity.
Taking time to create art has also been found by researchers to do things like calm anxiety, ease depression, lower stress, and improve brain function. The health benefits of art are being used in Veteran Hospitals for PTSD, in retirement homes for Alzheimer’s, and children’s hospitals for cancer patients. There are several good research articles on the health benefits here:
Taking an art class can give you a chance to relax your brain from the rigors of other academic classes, turn on your creativity, and maybe even discover a new hobby. It may even give you a chance to see the world of art, how hard artists work to create what they’re passionate about, and make new friends. The Fontbonne art department is a little-known treasure, and those of us majoring in art would love to share it with you! Come for a visit and sign up for a studio class :)


I remember when adults used to ask that question a lot: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was simple: “An artist.”

Ever since I was young, I always loved to draw. From what I remember, I started drawing stick people, then it led to stick people with animal heads. After that, I started to draw more realistic things. It’s funny, now that I think about it. The “people” I drew didn’t look like people. They were more animal-like in appearance but doing human activities, such as going to school, taking a bubble bath (the kids), or eating. Stuff like that. Eventually, I started drawing from pictures and popular shows. I think I draw better when I’m actually looking at another picture. My favorites were Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon. Sounds a little…nerdy? Ha ha. Sure.

Now that I’m in college, I still think about becoming an artist. However, it’s more of becoming an art teacher then maybe become a real artist. Honestly, I don’t really know what artists are really like. How do they call themselves artists? What do artists do every day? How do they prove that they’re really artists? Do they have to know a lot about art history? These are some questions that may have simple answers, but I think there’s more to them. I’m still trying to learn more about how I can develop myself into a professional artist. To be more specific, I want to become a great ceramicist. I’ve always drawn, drawn, drawn, but when I went to high school, I got into ceramics. I still draw but it’s not the same anymore. Nowadays, I only draw because of my classes; not for my own interest. I miss that. Maybe I’ll get back into it one day. Hopefully.

Have a great day!


Yesterday was very unexpected because it started raining. My drawing class was suppose to take a trip to the zoo, but my two classmates, John and Sheridan, and I were not sure if we should still attend. I asked Sheridan for Mario’s, our drawing instructor, number so I called him to make sure whether we should still come or not. He said “I’m already here. I know it’s raining. Will that be a problem?” I thought to myself Ha ha, I guess it’s still okay. So we decided to still go. When we arrived to my car, we all got in and when I turned my key, my car did not start at all. It was dead! (Note: My car was parked in the Walgreens parking lot. How awesome is that?)

I slightly panicked. I opened the front to check my battery. Apparently, the cables are a bit loose or insecured which causes my car to die. I also assumed that I needed a jump, but I had no idea who I could possibly ask for help. Luckily, a person waiting at the traffic light noticed and asked if we needed cables for a jump. I replied “I think so!” She answered, “Okay, I’ll come around and help.” I felt so relieved! As she drove through the parking lot to my car, I apologized to my classmates many times for the inconvenience. They said it was okay. Sheridan said, “It’s really nice of her to come help.” I agreed, and I think I was pretty lucky. So she parked her car in the opposite position to mine (her engine was in the back of her vehicle. I thought that was pretty cool.) However, my battery was too far to reach. She suggested to put my car into neutral and they’ll push the car out. I couldn’t turn my car on whatsoever to do that. She asked for my keys and starts messing around to see if it’ll work. And she got it! I finally learned that the “shift lock” near my shift was to help put my car in whichever mode it needs if the car is dead. Hilarious!

We moved the car just a bit upwards to the higher parking spot. Our helper goes into her car and slowly moves so that her back vehicle was near the front of my car. Unexpectedly, someone parked near us and came out, asking “What’s going on? What’s wrong with it?” He also helped us with the jump. In a few minutes, my car was alive again! Oh I was so glad and happy. I hugged our first helper, thanking her many times. She told me her name is Emily and asks if we were Fontbonne students and it turned out that she’s also a Fontbonne student! I was just so happy. And the man told me that I might need a new battery or just replace the cables. I’ll make sure to get that resolved.

I felt really lucky. And I’m also happy to have Fontbonne members help me out. I love Fontbonne so much! :)

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