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  • Children express community through art

  • Children in the area had the opportunity to produce art that reflected how they see their homes and community during the Family Art Morning at Pittsburg State University.

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  • Children in the area had the opportunity to produce art that reflected how they see their homes and community during the Family Art Morning at Pittsburg State University.
    “The theme for us to work with is ‘The Places We Live,’” said Sunghee Choi, assistant professor of art education.
    Children had the opportunity to view a gallery exhibit entitled “Collective Fusion II,” featuring works by staff, faculty and friends of the PSU Gallery and then to take part in three art projects that reflected on the theme.
    “Everybody contributes to a community map,” Choi said.
    She said the children drew their favorite places in Pittsburg, which are pieced together in a mosaic, and they also contributed to a cityscape.
    Children also had the chance to do 3-D artwork and make their homes.
    “They make their own place,” Choi said.
    She said the Family Art Morning takes place every semester and features changing themes that go with current exhibits.
    “Usually we focus on the exhibition first and then we focus on the theme,” Choi said.
    Children who attended had a great time thinking about the places they enjoy in their community.
    Desi Swepston, 5, said her favorite place in town is Overman Student Center.
    “The place where students go, and it never, ever, ever, ever closes,” she said.  “So that’s why I drawed it.”
    Her mother, Sara Swepston, said they get bored staying home and often come to the student center to hang out or attend other Pitt State activities for entertainment.
    “I check on the Pitt State web site because they have a lot of free activities,” Swepston said.
    Desi Swepston said she was eager to see the exhibits and said she might consider being an artist, or a librarian or zookeeper, when she grows up.
    D.J. Walker and son, John, also were looking for activities on a winter day.
    “My wife saw the ad online and we decided to come out with him,” D.J. Walker said, adding that his wife had brought John last year when he was one year old. “I think they did a lot of painting and printing. (This year) he’s enjoying the building and the freedom with the tape.”
    Kendall Crager, age 5, colored Lakeside Elementary School while waiting on tape and glue.
    “I colored my school,” she said, adding that she is a kindergarten student there and that it is her favorite place in town.
    “She loves art, and we thought it would be a fun day to do some creating,” said Jessica Crager, Kendall’s mother. “I like how it’s centered about the community and their favorite places.”
    While there, S. Portico Bowman, associate professor of art, showed off the gallery and said the exhibit features staff and faculty who are not necessarily professional artists or art professors. The exhibit is done every two years.
    Page 2 of 2 - “They make art,” she said. “It’s really a significant part of what they do.”
    She said she sends out a call to find out who is interested in participating in the non-juried show, and that a reception for the show will take place from 5-8 p.m. March 7.
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