From left: Sandra Paulik, Cher Gauweiler, Kimmera McCarthy. From left standing: Jessica Grandmaison, Michelle Sutera
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art celebrated St. Petersburg College Night at the Museum on Thursday, March 21.
Part of the festivities included a display table with a publication that Dr. Cher Gauweiler, Elementary Education Professor, and her students created in collaboration with the museum.
The publication, titled Awakening the Artistic Spirit Within: From a Whisper to a SHOUT, was the culminating project from a FGO Creativity Grant Gauweiler received for 2012-2013. Students who participated in the publication visited the Leepa-Rattner Museum as part of a college course. Then, they selected one piece of art that they felt connected to. After that, the students created an original piece of art or wrote a poem.
Copies of the publication were given as a gift at the event and also distributed to the SPC community. Gauweiler will present the outcomes of this project at the International Conference for College Teaching and Learning Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach on April 10.
“This project is such a complement to the museum’s mission and purpose and a great expression of student creativity sparked by works of art,” said Patricia Buster, Education Coordinator at the museum.
Mary Matlick, a SPC exceptional student education major, praised both the book as well as the creative process behind it. “The book was so thoughtful and I love reading the poetry and looking at the art,” Matlick said in an email. “Thank you so much for encouraging me to do something creative. I have always been into some kind of artistic expression – growing up with two glassblowers for parents left me little choice. It was a good feeling to take a little time and awaken that which has been put on hold for a little while now.”
Before visiting the museum, students also participated in a half-day workshop with Donna Wissinger, a professional flutist and artist-in-residence. She instructed them on how to integrate the arts in their future classrooms through an interactive workshop that incorporated dance, visual art, movement and drama. The purpose of Wissinger’s presentation was to help the students reawaken their own possibly latent creativity and to become more comfortable with the arts.
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