by Hannah Van Sant
A new art club is available to PC students this fall, meeting every Thursday after school. Twenty students are on the list and eleven came to the first open studio night.
“Art becomes more meaningful when it’s enjoyed within community. Art club provides that sense of community,” said art teacher Joe Hoksbergen. “I also wanted to make a studio space for art-making in which students are not assessed but can just make for the sheer pleasure of making. For those students who are looking to work in the visual arts, this provides some extra time to build a portfolio, hone skills, and experiment.”
Students also appreciate the opportunity for many reasons. ““I love art and I don’t have it as a class this semester, so I wanted to get back into it somehow,” said junior Andrea Freeman.
The art club will do a variety of things including visits to area artist studios and to the Des Moines Art Center, doing some art-related community service, and participating in various art workshops.
Hy-Vee partnered with the art club and provided pumpkins to paint as their first activity. Some of the pumpkins included Donald “Trumpkin,” a close-up of a bunny, and other various paintings. “I finished painting a pumpkin as a Cinderella carriage,” said junior Cassidy Bush.