With a small brush, Starr Daughtry carefully and slowly added white paint to capture the essence of the furry Patches.
“The cat wasn’t photogenic and didn’t like his picture to be taken,” Daughtry said with a chuckle while looking at a picture of her sister-in-law’s feline.
Daughtry used her talents to make a painting of the pet who is no longer living. It’s one of several paintings she made during a creative art class at Sampson Community College (SCC). Daughtry worked independently along with other students of varying levels of experience to create their artwork using oils, acrylics and water colors. Sessions through the Continuing Education Division began in January and will continue through early May.
“It’s just what strikes their interest,”said Instructor Walt Smith. “Generally speaking, it takes a while to finish different paintings.”
Daughtry returned to the class after taking a hiatus as a result of teaching and retirement.
“It relaxes me and I enjoy it, plus I’m being able to give something to someone too,” she said about giving her work to her children and grandchildren.
Daughtry, who studied art in college, has been in the class for about 10 years.
“Some people have been taking the course semester after semester, for quite some time,” Smith said. “And some people are just starting out. We take all of these things into consideration with the different projects with individual attention.”
One of the beginners includes Lauren Miller, a recent graduate of Clinton High School. She is currently working on her first painting of her Chinese water dragon.
“This is my first time painting,” Miller said while taking a break.
With the assistance of Smith, she’s learning different styles of painting. She took a few art classes in high school, but is brushing up on her art skills. She plans to major in art.
Joan Carr worked to recreate a picture of a duck. She’s been taking art-related classes since 2006 after she retired from being a nurse. It’s something she would recommend to other people.
“You don’t get too old for this,” Carr said. “This is something where you can relax and enjoy yourself and get some good instruction. And you’ll have something when you’re finished.”
Ann Butler, dean of Continuing Education, said it gives students the opportunity to learn art through different mediums. The continuing education program offers a variety of services for adults to assist with educational, professional and occupational goals. Some of the others include computer technology, health and law enforcement.
“We’re glad a lot of people take advantage of that opportunity,” Butler said. “A lot of people felt they had the skills to learn art, but never had the opportunity to get formal training and this provides it to them. For some people it’s just personal fulfillment and this provides it to them. It’s doing something you enjoy because it makes you feel good.”
The college will host an event in the spring to showcase the work of students.
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