Community Art Program Returns and Offers Classes to Local Students

The Taylor University Art Department offers classes for local students ranging from kindergarten through high school.

The program is called Art Tutoring, but for the first time it will look more like an actual class than a one-on-one tutoring session. After being suspended due to the pandemic, the program is operational again. Taylor’s art students will serve as instructors and assist students in subjects such as painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and collage.

Art Tutoring began on October 3 and will continue until December 4 before returning to the spring semester.

Hannah Richardson, assistant professor of arts education and pre-arts therapy, understands that the program has benefits for all parties involved, especially the instructors.

“Working alongside people who aren’t even part of their normal population of Taylor friends is an important experience for all of our majors,” Richardson said.

Students majoring in art education, design and studio art signed up to teach. Richardson estimates that the majority of classes will consist of two to five students. Teachers were tasked with choosing a theme – for example, fantasy – and then coming up with an idea of ​​what medium their students would like to pursue.

The grade levels of the students will influence the teaching approach in the classroom.

“For example, a drawing class for (kindergarten) through second (graders) is going to be very different from a drawing class for a middle school student,” Richardson said. “And so how do we make it fun and engaging will be one of the primary goals for the teacher as they share the art with the community.”

Second-year graphic design major Luke Nelson has signed up to teach one of the art classes, and he hopes to center instructional time on drawing fantasy characters and the environments they inhabit. Her favorite age group is middle school, but Nelson said few middle schoolers have shown interest. As a result, Nelson does not know whether or not he will have the opportunity to teach this semester.

If he gets the chance, he knows the vibe he wants his class to have.

“I want them to feel free to come up with whatever they want and create whatever they want,” Nelson said. “In a school environment, you have to do it (according to) the schedule or whatever; but in this environment, you… have the freedom to do and create whatever you want.

Richardson is happy the program is being revived. After all, according to her, it’s not just about art.

“(If) Taylor students and community students are able to engage with art in a way that builds relationships, I think (that) would be like the big payoff of the program in general,” said Richardson.

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Kayleen C. Rice