On Monday, Oklahoma State University students participated in a guided paint night in the Student Union Starlight Terrace that was sponsored by the Student Arts Alliance and the Student Union Activities Board. All of the painting supplies were provided for this event along with complimentary snacks and beverages.
Because this painting night was the spring edition, the instructor showed attendees how to paint a spring landscape. The goal of Amy Wu, vice president of production creative for the Student Arts Alliance, was to give students access to paint their own paintings.
“I think paint night was just giving access to students where they didn’t have to necessarily be super artistic and they can just have their own take on it,” Wu said.
Salome Suarez, a PhD student studying plant pathology, said she has always liked painting. Suarez said she attended this event to distract herself from her responsibilities and to get creative.
“The instructor makes me feel like I can really do this,” Suarez said.
Libby Bates, a senior accounting major and member of the leisure and entertainment committee for the Student Union Activities Board, also got creative at paint night. As someone who isn’t a regular painter, Bates said she felt that the painting was a lot of fun.
Along with first timers, freshman graphic design student Lauren Casto said she is used to painting for some of her classes within her major. Casto said she enjoyed the image they were painting because it was more intricate and the finished product was something to be proud of.
“I like the fact that we get the opportunity to just sit and paint,” Casto said. “I feel like it’s good stress relief.”
Whether you are experienced in painting or just beginning, paint night can be an opportunity to gain experience, have access to painting supplies and meet fellow painters. Keep your eyes peeled for more art events put together by the Student Union Activities Board and the Student Arts Alliance.