When people tell Teresa Chavez, director of Continuing Education at Central Texas College, they are not creative, she responds by saying, “Yes, you are — you just don’t practice.”
It was proven by the students and instructors who created the works on display for the college’s one-night-only show Tuesday night that art is indeed for everyone.
The halls were filled with art by students ranging in age from 5 to 70. Art on display ranged from photographs, relief printing, sketches and drawings to book art, crafts and wrapped wire sculptures.
The Continuing Education Department at CTC hosted its first-ever art show aptly titled, “Art is for Everyone.”
“(The exhibit) showcases the art work of the (Continuing Education) students,” said Rebecca Schoffman, coordinator for the Continuing Education Department, adding that a unique experience for the kids craft course was spending a week on a school bus creating art.
Amelia Rabroker was the instructor for a mobile art classroom painted in the manner of a Haitian tap tap bus.
Another instructor was Gracie Olivarez, who teaches painting and drawing. She has wanted to be an artist since high school, but entered nursing instead. After taking a charcoal drawing class at CTC, she became an instructor.
Hye Cha Rowland, of Copperas Cove, was one of her students from the Lifelong Learning Class who took an art class for the first time.
Rowland is retired and wanting a new hobby, so she chose to learn acrylic painting, and beginner sketching and drawing.
Another painter was 7-year-old Isabel Mindee, of Harker Heights.
She likes painting animals. Two of her paintings on display were of a bee and a penguin.
Isabel said she likes having her art on display, and it “feels good” to have people see her creations.
She looks forward to doing this again.
A participatory art booth for younger children gave kids the opportunity for a fast and colorful excursion into shaving cream and tie-dye art.
Over the years, the classes offered have varied according to interest indicated by the community and availability of instructors. A recent “App Inventor” class was popular and will be offered again in the fall in response to the demand.
“We plan to continue to exhibit students’ artwork frequently,” Schoffman said.