Draw-A-Thon Strengthens the MU Community


Natasha Brewer – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

The MU Art Department hosted its first Draw-A-Thon on Nov. 2 in the Fine Arts Building and every activity was free of charge.

Hallways were filled with artwork by students, faculty and local artists. There were workshops covering topics such as printmaking, drawing, sewing, and many others for the participants to take part in.

The goal of the event was to bring people together through art, and everyone was encouraged to learn a new skill.

“[We] wanted to create a place where students could see different types of drawing and painting happening,” Assistant Teaching Professor of Drawing and Painting Alexis Callender said. “It is a way of introducing students to different processes…and it started with this idea of expanding the notion of drawing to the student body.”

A creative flare could be found in every part of the building and music was played throughout the event. Faculty members and graduate students helped to teach the workshops and encouraged the artists in attendance.

“It’s an opportunity for us to make things alongside each other and with each other,” Gallery Art Director and Adjunct Faculty Member Hannah Reeves said. “Anytime you increase the sense of community or the sense of connection between people around you, I think you increase the amount of accountability in people…People just do a better job when they are connected.”

More Draw-A-Thons are expected for the future and expect to see more vibrant and creative events from the MU Art Department coming up soon throughout the semester.

 

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