Students from Eastern’s advanced painting class had the opportunity to present their semester work on Thursday evening in Doudna.
Chris Kahler, who teaches Painting 2 to 6, said the class is taught as a block which sees second-grade students work with sixth-grade students for a two-and-a-half-hour period twice a week. Kahler said all of the work featured in the exhibit was done by about 15 or 16 students.
“These students are all either in one of these levels, and some of them are actually in both levels of some, like four and five at the same time, so they have to do more work,” Kahler said. .
The event was an opportunity for those in the art department to see what their students had been working on during the fall 2021 semester.
“It’s really just a show that shows you all the work they’ve been working on this semester, and it’s an opportunity for us to see what they’re thinking, but also to see the level of quality as well as a level of excellence that we are able to achieve,” said Kahler.
Assignments varied by level, Kahler said. Students in Painting 3 were required to complete three paintings related to a concept, while levels four through six were required to create a “set of works”, which could consist of six to eight paintings on a specific theme.
While the event was a chance to showcase the value of a semester’s work, Kahler said it was also a teachable moment for students who didn’t have a background in selling their art.
“Ultimately, for a lot of students, this may be the first time they’ve really sold their paintings,” Kahler said. “And so it’s hard to know what a fair price is…And the other thing too is what I’m trying to get across to students is that it’s so important to share your work with people, whether people want the work to be at their home or at their office.That means everything, because not only does it recognize your hard work, but it also rewards you for your hard work.
Eli Jones, a junior art student, had four works featured in the exhibit based on a missionary trip to Puerto Rico.
“What inspired these four pieces was a trip last summer to Puerto Rico, mostly in the San Juan area,” Jones said. “My mother, my younger sister and I helped organize an English summer camp at one of their local churches. It lasted three weeks, and then in our fourth week we helped out at another church, and that involved helping out at a vacation Bible school.
Jones’ two favorite pieces were a portrait of a girl and another of three parrots, both of which involved experiments with texture, he said.
Thursday’s show was Jones’ second, he said, and he said it was a fun experience.
“[I got] lots of really nice compliments from people who see my work, whether it’s parents of students and my friends and program colleagues and instructors,” Jones said.
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