Artistry of all forms welcome to campus club

Friday Art Club designed for students to focus on their own art

By Miguel Luna
On October 1, 2015

Contributed Photo by Miguel Luna
JuYeon Byeon, a South Korean international student, paints her
dream.

Students gather twice a week to create new art at the newest art organization, the Friday Art Club.

The Friday Art Club continues to grow as an organization as members create, expand their knowledge and explore art outside of the classroom.

“The club gives students a chance to interact and to just to make art,” treasurer for the club Tiffany Campbell, said. “I like it because I can use certain things like the spray booth and not interrupt other classes.”

While the primary focus is to make art whether it be painting, sculpting or drawing, other purposes have been added. The club is open to anyone who enjoys making art and one does not need to be an art major. In the past semester Bunker mentioned how the club had included not just painting and drawing but also musicians and drama scenes. She said she hopes that it will grow to include many other fine art genres.

The clubs' purpose is to allow students time to work on their own art outside of the classroom because a lot of students don’t work on any other projects except for what is assigned in class, Campbell said.

During the 2015 spring semester Katherine Bunker, the club’s adviser and adjunct art professor, had an idea that led to the creation of the club. She recruited art majors Maria Hernandez and Jake Bell who are the current president and vice president, respectively. Throughout the spring semester all three met weekly with the main focus to create art whether it be class assignments or personal projects. As the semester progressed more students joined.

In the process to make the art club official and to the required guidelines of the university, Bunker said she wrote half of their constitution during the summer while Hernandez and Bell wrote the rest.

The art club meets weekly on Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Friday 12:30-4 p.m. On average about 15 people come to the meetings on Thursday, Campbell said.

The club also displays their art pieces in shows. As individuals they each construct their own pieces to the guidelines of the specific show. The clubs will display at two upcoming shows one in Lubbock and the other in Midland. The “White on White” Art Show in Lubbock will be on Friday, Oct. 2 and the Midland Juried Art Show on Saturday, Oct. 3. Here the members will get a feel for what it is like to publicly display their art and audience reception.

One of the club’s objectives is to enhance not only their skills as artists but also their understanding of art in the real world.

Previously, the club took a field trip to a local artist’s studio and Hernandez said they learned how to properly organize their supplies.

The club continues to try to increase their interaction as artists. One method they plan to use is volunteering at the Annual En Plein Air Art Competition. The event is hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Artists from around the nation will be painting around town from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. Club members will help by assisting the artists. Here the students will see various techniques they may apply to their own future projects.

Bunker said that she hopes to hold a prospective fundraiser at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, Oct. 29. After receiving the final okay, the club will sell small wooden boards with painted skulls to be decorated as Sugar Skulls for the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the museum.

During their meetings everyone is mentoring each other as they give their opinions of what each individual is making.

The club members all help one another to be themselves and inspire each other during their meetings, club goer Kasey Tovias said.

Campbell also enjoys the food the club provides to students and the laid back atmosphere.

Bunker and student Fabion Torres provide a lot of the food, Campbell said.

“We really just make whatever we want,” Campbell said. “I enjoy it because there is a lot of guidance, influence and support from my classmates and Mrs. Bunker.”

Contributed Photo by Miguel Luna
Tiffany Campbell, Friday Art Club’s treasurer, holds one of the painted
skulls the club plans to sell.

 

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