By ROXANN MILLER
11:29 AM EDT, October 4, 2012
The annual Arts Day at Wilson College on Wednesday was a day to celebrate and do hands-on study of the arts within the campus’ liberal arts curriculum.
“You don’t have to paint like Raphael (the Italian Renaissance painter) to be able to express yourself,” said associate professor of fine arts Philip Lindsey.
It’s all about fun, raising awareness of art and self-expression, Lindsey said.
The free, day-long event was open to the students as well as the local community and included demonstrations on sand art, tie dying, alternative photographic processes and an architectural tour of the campus.
With glitter glue, pieces of torn paper, paint and Mod Podge, Rachael Kinley immersed herself into decorating a domestic violence collage.
While the Wilson science major said she is passionate about conservation, she said it’s art that keeps her grounded.
“Art is a great stress reliever, and it is a way for people to express themselves — it doesn’t matter if you are actually good at it, it’s all very individual,” Kinley said.
Yolanda Cabrera is graduating in May with a degree in business management.
But, on Wednesday, her mind was on art as she carefully painted a decorative brick for Dean of Students Carolyn Perkins.
Cabrera was also encouraging students and the community to add their artistic expression to the “Picking up the Pieces” collage honoring survivors of domestic violence.
“I feel that Arts Day is a good expression of missions supporting women who have been battered or have had some sort of violence in their life,” she said.
Adjunct professor Felicia Shearer blended the art theme into her class, A Critical Approach to U.S. Advertising.
“I wanted my class to get involved with Arts Day. It’s fantastic for the college. I don’t think there are enough of the arts being celebrated,” Shearer said.
Students photographed their “stuff” and pasted it on a presentation board.
“A lot of my students will say, ‘I’m not artistic.’ I wanted them to look beyond that and get past that label and just express themselves through other avenues,” she said.
She said using art in the classroom enabled her students to express themselves in another way.
“It allowed them freedom in terms of expression. It allowed them some self-reflection. I think it allows us to get out of that box of the classroom,” Shearer said.
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