Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Art students reach out to local business to provide colorful rehab center for kids

KINGSVILLE - December 12, 2012

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


Art students and faculty have been working with the Kingsville community in a number of different ways. One way is to make life a little brighter for area children in need of speech development.

The summer printmaking classes of Jesus de la Rosa, assistant professor of art, made two large, colorful prints for the children who use the services of Kidz Rehab Center in Kingsville. The prints hang in the lobby and hallway area of the office to make it a more colorful place.

The center donated all the materials and the students in basic and advance printmaking used various methods, some new to them, in creating the large prints which feature animals of various kinds in cheerful hues.

William Castillo, a senior art major from Pleasanton, said it was a learning experience for all of them. “Because we had both the basic and advanced class working together, it became a peer mentoring process.”

“We had to work together on this collaboration,” added Amanda Munoz, a senior art major from Alice. “Artists normally work alone, but we had to learn how to work together as a group on this project.”

Castillo said the staff of Kidz Rehab decided on the jungle theme and each of the students started working on different animals on a small scale. To make them bigger, they projected them on a wall and did pencil sketches. In order to get the layering effect, some students worked on the background leaves and trees before putting the animals on the top layer. Once the projects were complete, there were five layers of prints.

“The reward was that we made people happy,” Castillo said. “We got to interact with different people on a worthwhile project that makes kids smile.”

Veronica Olivarez, a senior art major from Kingsville agreed with Castillo. “We all got to work together and it was great making something that the kids really enjoyed.”

Other students who participated in the project included Servando A. Resendez, Andreana L. Carmona, Lorena J. Clark, Jessica L. Eldridge, Jasmina J. Kocurek, Enriqueta R. Oyervides and Nicholas A. Resio.



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