A William Woods University art professor is on a mission. His objective is to introduce students to the process of community involvement through the arts.
Together, he and his students will present their art to the public and share creative processes with diverse viewers.
“We believe it is possible to leverage creativity in others and thereby empower ourselves to become more productive artists,” Terry Martin, professor of art, said. “Our project is as much about the creative process as it is about the creative product.”
Currently, Martin and two of his students are exhibiting art at St. John’s Mercy Hospital’s David Pratt Cancer Center. The students are Alex Orear, a junior graphic design major from Jefferson City, and Jennifer Costello, a junior studio art major from St. Louis.
Their art will be on display all summer and will be followed by an art activity in the fall.
“This effort is a part of free art offerings to the public we plan in conjunction with our 2006-07 Mentor-Mentee project,” Martin said.
The Mentor/Mentee Honors Program was established at William Woods several years ago to encourage faculty and students to engage in joint research or creative projects.
“The uniqueness of the project is the students’ opportunity to gain valuable experience in service learning,” Martin said.
Service learning has been shown to have a positive effect on student personal development, including sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth and moral development. It also tends to affect interpersonal development, including the ability to work well with others, leadership and communication skills.
A limited number of opportunities are available for schools, churches, art galleries and other civic organizations. For more information, contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mixed media acrylic painting by Terry Martin, professor of art at William Woods University