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UMFK student artwork exhibition opening on December 8

December 3, 2004



Autumn Martin experiments with charcoal and watercolor in fundamentals of art class. Martin is among the many students exhibiting in the Blake Library Gallery at UMFK this month.

An artwork exhibition entitled "Amazing Adventures through the Arts" will go on display beginning Wednesday, December 8 in the University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Gallery.

The exhibit features the work of UMFK students in Priscilla Daigle's fundamentals of art and arts in secondary education classes. It will remain on display through Thursday, January 20, 2005.

"The art fundamentals class introduced students to the magical world of drawing and painting nature through journaling, field sketching, and photography," said Daigle. "These field exercises provided them with visual references for in-class works."

The fundamentals of art class serves as a foundation course of drawing and painting. Daigle's objective of the course is to give students, through practical application, an understanding of the language, materials, and skills used to create a visual image.

The students experimented with charcoal and watercolors while engaged in the fundamentals of art classes.

Arts in secondary education students, future middle and high school teachers, focused on the arts as a way to help students learn.

"It is not about teaching the arts," said Daigle. "It is about, 'multiple roles of the arts as languages for learning&' according to M. Goldberg's publication Arts and Learning," said Daigle.

"Another 'happy' result of these classes is that many of the students intend to continue studying some form of the arts," said Daigle. "They have found art pleasurable, informative, and a way to energize their own creative proclivities."

According to Daigle, "This semester has been an amazing adventure and we welcome the public to come to view and enjoy the exhibit, keeping in mind while you are viewing that most of the students have not had prior experience."

The current student exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information on the exhibit, contact Sofia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.