As art and design students and faculty take on the task of remote learning, it seems as if some of their subjects pose seemingly insurmountable challenges. How can painters learn to paint outside of the studio? How can apparel students learn to make patterns at home? What might a home ceramics studio look like? Faculty in the Department of Art, Art History and Design in the College of Arts & Letters have crafted careful plans for remote teaching that find solutions for many of these problems. And there is a silver lining to the situation. After all, when students graduate, they will need the know-how to sustain their artistic and design practice, working outside of the professional studio conditions that MSU is typically able to provide.
Students were resilient in building their at-home studios quickly, with the help and guidance of their faculty. One of the challenges these students face are the cost and access of materials like: prepared clay, pre-stretched painting canvases, book-making kits, screen printing kits, travel easels, 3D printing supplies, fashion illustration kits, corset-making kits, and test fabrics.
The goal of the Department of Art, Art History and Design is always to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. At a time of great uncertainty for everyone, the Department of Art, Art History, and Design calls upon its alumni and friends to help ensure that art and design students receive the materials needed to master and progress in their craft. Our goal is to raise $5,000 and we have a donor who will match dollar for dollar this amount up to $5,000.
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