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Mace & Crown | April 24, 2018

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Paint Night Helps Students Unwind

Erin Sudek
Assistant News Editor

Students came to relax and create their own personal pieces of art with a paint night hosted by the Student Activities Council. Attendees showed up on Jan. 26 to receive paint lessons during two consecutive sessions held in the River Rooms in Webb Center. SAC hired Color Me Mine to come in and set up the space and provide materials.

“We are a painting and pottery studio. We’re staffing this event so most of us walking around are with Color Me Mine. We brought all the supplies and we are here to help,” Ronda Baucom said, owner of Color Me Mine.

Upon entering, students decided on a subject they wanted to paint out of three options and then took instructions and corresponding paint colors back to their table. The options included a wine glass, a tomato vine and two song birds on a branch with flowers.

There were 13 tables across the room with everything students needed to create their paintings. There were different kinds of paint brushes, bowls of water, paper towels and small canvases on the tables ready to use.

“We hope everyone can come out and chill, paint, show off your skills if you have them and if you don’t, you can still paint some good things. I’m surprised how many people came out with their friends. It’s a good crowd,” Latesia Mcdaniels-Bailey, an SAC member, said.

There was music playing to help with the relaxed atmosphere and refreshments were provided. Students took this unique opportunity to play around with paint and painting techniques, which many aren’t usually able to do.

Even though there were only three choices, every picture ended up looking different. The directions from instructors on how to paint each picture gave helpful tips but left plenty of room for imagination and experimentation.

Other students used the night’s activities to unwind with friends and take their mind off the stress of class and everyday life.

“Painting is very relaxing and therapeutic. I think people should do more of it because it calms the brain, heart and soul,” Amelia Baucum, a sophomore, said.

Allowing students to express themselves through different forms of art, like painting, was a great way to alleviate pressure and stress during the school week. Being able to take home a piece of self-made art boosted self-esteem and provided something positive to look at that made them feel proud.