Students learn from helping each other

  Monday, February 9, 2015 2:00 AM

Pittsburg, KS

Students learn from helping each other

The Beatles sang “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends” but students in Pittsburg State University’s Art Department are putting that philosophy into practice.

Students in Professor Jamie Oliver’s plein air painting class have been assembling painting boxes designed and fabricated by students in the Wood Technology Program that they will use in their class this semester.

“It’s a great example of the ways that students in different academic programs can work together and learn from each other,” Oliver said.

The students in wood technology are members of the Society of Architectural Woodworkers (SAW) student group.

Painting en plein air, French for out of doors, became especially popular in the mid-19th century and remains popular today. To facilitate the process, artists developed portable plein air boxes and easels to hold paints, a palette and other supplies.

When the weather warms, students in Oliver’s class will head outside with the plein air boxes they have assembled filled with their supplies to practice the plein air technique.



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