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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 :)



4th of July Weekend

by Katie on July 9, 2015

in Extracurricular

This 4th of July weekend I was fortunate enough to have off work both Saturday and Sunday. I spent Saturday with my boyfriend Glynn and watched fireworks in town. On Sunday we spend some time with his family, ate burgers his dad cooked on the grill and ended the evening with a spontaneous painting session. Disclaimer: I’m completely new to painting, but I enjoy it exceedingly more than I expected.

This is my second time painting (ever), and I find it’s a great outlet for creativity and even built up emotions. Even if you’re not an artist, I’d encourage anyone to pick up a paint brush and try it; you may surprise yourself!
I’m still brainstorming ideas for my next painting. I’ll be sure to post pictures when the time comes :)

Here’s a few pictures of Glynn’s and my painting day:



Rain, Rain, Go Away

by Taylor on June 23, 2015

in Extracurricular

Is everyone as sick of all this rain as I am? I think it rained every single day last week, which is very unusual since it’s summer! This week looks a little more promising though! Temperatures look to be in the 80’s all week with some rain possibly Friday, but hopefully it just passes over. While the rainy week wasn’t my favorite, it did allow me to get my crafting on!

Like I told you in a previous post, I love anything DIY and that’s what my summer would mainly consist of. I decided to paint a canvas for my best friend from high school, Ruth. I had no clue what to paint, but after some long hours on Pinterest :) I came up with my idea. First, I painted navy stripes onto the canvas. I was able to get clean lines by putting tape to separate the sections.


After I made the stripes, I then painted a quote in a gold metallic color. The quote I chose was “You are capable of amazing things.” It just reminded me of my best friend! I had to go over the words a couple times to make the gold really pop!

IMG_8874After I painted the quote, I felt like the canvas needed a little something extra. I decided to paint a flower in the top left corner and it was actually really easy to make. I used some different shades of pink to create a cute flower with some green leaves attached.


Once I painted the flower, my masterpiece was complete! I was really happy with the way it turned out and can’t wait to give it to Ruth! I think she will love it! I hope I inspired you to create a masterpiece of your own!



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Visiting Artists

by Alumni Posts on April 19, 2012

in Academics

Every few months the art department invites a visiting artist to come and do a critique with the graduate students. Most of them are professors from nearby schools, but sometimes they are more prominent painters. For the last two days we have been spending time with Jerome Witkin. He is a phenomenal painter with works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C.

Getting a fresh perspective on our work is always helpful. It is easy to get stuck in a rut talking to the same teacher about my paintings all the time. Having someone new to discuss my work with gives me a fresh start, even if they say all of the same things that my professors do (which is usually the case).

Now that the two days of critiques are over, it is time to apply what was discussed. The visiting artists always leave me with ideas that I need to get down quickly so they don’t fall to the wayside.

The visit with Mr. Witkin was very educational. It is always an honor and a privilege to meet such a high caliber of artist, and I look forward to whoever they find for our next critique.


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