The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Gallery is featuring Observation and Imagination, the work of students in Therese Provenzano's Art 200: Fundamentals of Art-Drawing class. The exhibition will be on display through January 8, 2016.
Art 200: Fundamentals of Art is a hands-on studio course students take to meet their Arts & Humanities general education requirement. The course is also a requirement for matriculating Art Minors. The main course objective is for students to learn the visual elements of art and the principles of design from exploring charcoal, graphite, pastel and watercolor. Provenzano stated, “Most students were working with these materials for their very first time. They gained comfort within the material's limitations and possibilities. Students also gained knowledge on observing reality and with other assignments using their imagination.”
The students represented in the exhibition are: Chelsi Albert, Sam Beaulieu, Sara Bickford, Joshua Birden, Logan Bubar, Sandra Cyr, Keanna Daniels, Kristina Devincentis, Orphee Essome Bikou, Elizabeth Farr, Amberlie Gibson, Emily Kasprzak, Jenna Lynds, France McDermott, Marissa Mitchell, Scott Moulton, Audrey Myers, Jessica Plourde, Shayla Pontbriand, and Mary Watson.
Kristina DeVincentis shared, “I learned that ingenuity goes a long way. I learned to work around unavoidable setbacks and to take my time while still maintaining pace with deadlines. Structure in Art is just like in life. You need to make a plan and often one needs to be flexible when executing this plan.“
Keanna Daniels commented, “I've learned that I have a stronger imagination than I thought I did, and that I can create works from a purely mental picture. Art and the art process can help you realize ideas, feelings, and almost any cognitive state without trying to explain it. It helps us take a look from so many other angles and sometimes in steps and chunks rather than entire ideas. It acts almost as a filter that helps us make sense of others and ourselves. “
Sam Beaulieu said, “It's always a test of my patience and so is life. Thinking outside of the box will always keep you ahead of the game and creativity never goes unnoticed. Art continuously keeps me thinking and acting creatively, which has served me well throughout my life.”
The exhibition can be viewed during library hours with the exception of closure from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3. For further information, please contact Gallery Curator, Sofia Birden at 207-834-7527.
For information about taking the course Art 200: Fundamentals of Art-Drawing for the 2016 Spring Semester, please contact Therese L. Provenzano at 207-231-4593.