After participating with the Berea Arts Council Walk with the Arts event in September, Foley Middle School art students were invited to tour Berea College’s Student Crafts Department. While at the Walk with the Arts event, the students were mentored by Berea College students and taught how to turn wood, throw on a pottery wheel, spin wool, weave a stool, weave on a loom, create a broom, demonstrate pinch pots and more.
The students began their tour with a conference in which they discussed careers in art, problem solving techniques in creating functional works of art and marketing. Once in the workshop area, they learned how the supplies are used with limited waste and the process of preparing materials, even the importance of packaging. By applying their knowledge in mathematics, science, industrial technology and art, the students saw how they worked together for a finished work of art that is sold to the public.
After touring the Student Crafts Department, the students toured the Art Department’s studios and galleries. They were able to asked college art majors how they started out, what inspired them to do the work they do, and what their plans were once they had their degree. They learned new medias, such as engraving and silk screening. They saw works in progress and student work preparing for an exhibition. The gallery exhibitions were a mixture of historical paintings and prints, student works from a summer program, and a dulcimer exhibition.
Students that attended were: 7th graders Courtney Baktis, Cooper Ballinger, Levi Howard, Zach Howard, Trey Livingood, Tyler Sandlin, and Morgan Swope; and 8th graders Meghan Gopalakrishnan, Mizuki Ishii, Chase McGee, Jason Roberts, and Scarlett Rose.