BY SOPHIA STRAUSS
The Studio, an art-based student club, and Circle K, a community service organization, came together on Wednesday, Feb. 26 to hold a paint night in Hillwood Commons. The event was a fundraiser for Relay for Life and had canvases priced at $2 and raffle opportunities available for students.
The Studio’s goal was to get everyone on campus involved in art, no matter what their major or usual interests are. Members of the Studio hosted a paint night event in the past, but this was the first time they offered a crayon melting option, something that proved to be a popular success among attendees.
The paint night provided a way to promote artistic practices while also raising money for a cause.
“We’re a group of students who have a passion to spread creativity and the idea that art is not just for people who are excelling in it, it’s for everybody to express themselves,” Samantha Scarito, junior early childhood education major and treasurer of the Studio, said.
Beth Hillman, junior nursing major and president of Circle K, was excited to help host the painting event.
“It’s a fun event. It’s nice doing something different from community service, and we’re raising money but it’s still fun,” she said.
The paint night fulfilled the goals that members of the Studio had by bringing out students from all different majors to paint and color. Some drew with crayons and colored pencils, while others used hair dryers to melt the crayons over a canvas.
“It’s a creative atmosphere that inspires people in different ways,” Sophia Chianese, junior accounting major, said.
The event was a fun way for attending students to wind down, and it was something out of the ordinary for non-art majors.
“This is something different for me because I don’t take breaks to just color or relax as much as I should,” Chianese said.
Students used the event as a way to put their minds at ease for a moment. “It’s very relaxing and therapeutic,” Adam Silverstein, senior social work major, said.
Another table of temporary artists agreed. “It’s nice, it’s calming me down,” Michaela Zabicki, sophomore sports management major, said.
Students thought the event was well organized and an exciting way to raise money. “It’s a really fun and creative way to raise money for Relay for Life,” Silverstein said.