Blinn Fine Arts Program donates handmade creations to the 13th annual Brazos Valley Empty Bowls

The event raised over $6,800 in support of the Brazos Valley Food Bank

The event raised over $6,800 in support of the Brazos Valley Food Bank

December 14, 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, the Blinn College District Fine Arts Program’s students and faculty crafted ceramic creations for a good cause.

Approximately 30 bowls of all shapes and sizes were donated on behalf of Blinn to the 13th annual Brazos Valley Empty Bowls. Organized by local business owners, artists, the Brazos Valley Food Bank, and Texas A&M University students, the nonprofit project raises thousands of dollars each year to fight hunger in the community by selling handcrafted bowls donated by artists and community members.

“Empty Bowls is a great opportunity for our students to get involved with their community,” Art Professor Todd Overstreet said. “Student participation in events like this helps to expose and promote the abundance of fine arts Bryan/College Station has to offer.”

This year, Brazos Valley Empty Bowls raised over $6,800 by selling approximately 350 bowls in support of the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

“This year has been a great year for Empty Bowls,” said Greta Watkins, Brazos Valley Empty Bowls founder. “We not only raised the largest amount of funds since starting the event 13 years ago, but this was the biggest donation of bowls we have received. It really is a testament to the giving spirit of this community – from local artists to college students.”

Throughout the semester, Blinn students handcraft clay bowls using the 18 potter’s wheels housed in the Ceramics Studio at the Blinn-Bryan Campus. Students bisque fire their creations in a kiln before applying a glaze for aesthetics and waterproofing. The bowls are fired one final time to ensure durability.

“I am very impressed with the resources Blinn has to offer its art students,” sophomore art major Michelle Schulien said. “I have grown up in this area, and every year since elementary school, we have contributed to Empty Bowls. I am appreciative of the opportunity to continue donating bowls to such a good cause.”

Administered by Blinn’s Visual Arts Department, the Fine Arts Program offers students the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the creative process through lecture- and studio-based classes. Students learn fundamentals, elements, and principles of creating art in both traditional and digital mediums. The program offers courses in art appreciation, art history, art metals, ceramics, design, design communication, digital art, drawing, painting, and watercolor.

Blinn offers a wide range of courses necessary to successfully transfer and pursue a baccalaureate degree in fine arts. Advanced education gives artists the opportunity to develop their portfolio and progress into more advanced roles, such as art instruction and medical illustration.

In addition to its wide-ranging fine arts offerings, Blinn’s Division of Visual/Performing Arts and Kinesiology offers courses in architecture, communication studies, kinesiology, music and theatre, and hosts a wide range of performances across its campuses.

For more information regarding Blinn’s Fine Arts Program, visit www.blinn.edu/arts.

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