Art can have a wide range of effects on the human will. It can stir pleasant feelings of serenity, conjure up a storm of frustration, or bring forth sentimental references. Whatever the medium may be, art seems to give people some sense of purpose.
All of this comes to play during the night when Community Assistants sponsored an event called “Painting with a Purpose.” Students could freely come and paint a picture of their choosing, be it of their own imagination or something before their eyes. Once finished, the CA then donates these works to Southern Care Nursing Home.
The reason is to give the elderly something to bring them a little more peace in their life, and at the same time give students something meaningful to do.
Ashley Dunnigan, one of the organizers of the event, was thrilled about the concept. “This is basically letting them know they are not alone and someone cares,” Dunnigan said. “We did this last semester but as ‘Canvas and Corkscrew,’ and that was a great turnout, so we hope to continue to do this!”
“This is what we do,” said Mathew Daniel. “We do what we can to help the community.” Although he did not participate, he thoroughly enjoyed the event, laughing, conversing and having a great time along with everybody else.
As the hour passed, not one soul worried about whether or not they were skilled. What mattered was making a piece of work. The creations ranged from vast colors, to sweet and simple designs.
Overall, the event was an incredible time and a great stress reliever. What made the event excellent was that the students were not just sitting around and mindlessly painting. There was purpose behind these paintings.