Art enables student learning

Kelsey Bogus, 22, senior of Hooper, attaches a head to the sculpture of a bird Friday during a Sculpture I class (ART 227). — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

Kelsey Bogus, 22, senior of Hooper, attaches a head to the sculpture of a bird Friday during a Sculpture I class (ART 227). — Photo by Kinley Q. Nichols

It is hard to imagine comparing the process of solving problems to the process of creating art, but that is exactly what happens during Nancy Sharp’s sculpture class – ART 227. Although her students may not know it, they are challenging the right sides of their brains throughout the entire process of creating art, which just happens to be the side of the brain that solves problems.

Students create not just pieces of art, but also pieces of art that have practical forms of use, ranging from bird baths to water fountains.

Throughout the class students are taught the entire process of creating the sculptures, from sketching a 2D version of their design, to mixing and molding the clay, all the way to firing and finishing the product.

Even though most of her students’ pieces are made from clay, the majority of which comes from Sioux Falls S.D., they also implement the use of wood and wire in some cases.

Sharps believes that sculpture is a uniquely special art form.

“All forms of art are important for one another, 3D art makes 2D art better,” Sharps said.

While most people would think artistic resources at a college like Chadron State would be limited, I quickly saw that the only limits the artist have are the ones they place on themselves.

Although the majority of the students attending the class are art majors, it shouldn’t scare anyone away from joining if they are interested.

If you want to get the creative right side of your brain a little taste before you take the final leap by signing up, check out some student work at the senior art exhibit in Memorial Hall. The show runs through April 6 (gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) and is open to the public

The class seems like a ton of fun, and would not be a waste of time for anyone trying to get a unique experience here at Chadron State.

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