DIY art highlight of annual open studios tour

Always wondered what a letter press looks like, or how it works? Or wanted to try your hand at weaving on a loom?

Aric Verrastro

Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts student Aric Verrastro is a MFA candidate in metalsmithing and jewelry design.

Plan to visit the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts on Friday, Oct. 26, for its annual open studios tour.

Activities start in the Fine Arts building from 6 to 8 p.m., continue in the ceramic and printmaking departments in the Central Stores Art Annex from 7 to 9 p.m., and wrap up in the painting studios in Morgan Hall and the sculpture and textiles studios in the McCalla School from 8 to 10 p.m. All events are open to the public.

Each area will host interactive activities. Visitors can have their photo taken at the photography studios, and print their own Halloween card in the graphic design department. In the metals department, they’ll be able to help break open a piñata, share in a potluck and observe jewelry handmade by students. The textiles department will have a loom available for visitors to try out, as well as a station where visitors can print their own T-shirt for a nominal fee.

Visitors will also be able to watch Raku firing and purchase handcrafted pieces, make their own buttons and monoprints, and take part in a group painting. There will be Wearable art and Sculpture Guild T-shirts will be available for purchase.

All proceeds go to support student guilds and their initiatives. Maps will be provided to navigate the satellite buildings.

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