JJC fine art Showcase shows students’ talents

JJC’s fine arts showcased many interesting classes the college offers at their Fine Arts Showcase on Nov. 7.

One of the classes was a stage makeup class. Alexis Carlson explained one of the assignments she had to do for her class. She came up with a scarecrow design, which used latex, tissue, burlap, and twine to create the effect of a scarecrow.

It was very interesting to watch the process. Carlson said the difficult part is using latex as it is difficult to get off and can get stuck in one’s hair. After watching Carlson do the scarecrow makeup, people could look at other designs students had done in class. One that stood out was Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”inspired makeup design which was extremely impressive.

The poster boards explained the process thoroughly from start to finish. This was really interesting and a personal favorite of other people who attended the Fine Arts Showcase.

Many did not know that JJC offered so many different classes, such as stage makeup. This class would be interesting to take if one has not yet filled their fine arts requirements yet.

The ceramics studio was another popular stop. One could watch students work at the wheel, which is not as easy as it looks. It takes a lot of practice and patience.

Ceramics is an fun class to take because students decide what their project is going to be.  Another interesting class students can take at JJC to fulfill their fine arts requirement is jewelry making.

When talking to Debbie Faynik, she gave me a wealth of information about the jewelry making classes and what the classes entail. In the beginning class, students watch teachers do demonstrations on what they need to know for their specific assignment.

The teacher showed demonstrations on cutting and riveting. Students will also learn the basics of jewelry making, such as working with wire and learning how to use the torch. Students will also learn how to solder, use a blade to smooth stones for necklaces, and make simple chains to build on that knowledge.

The advanced class is not as structured as the beginner class. Students in the advanced class know the different techniques, processes, and which metals are “soft” or “hard” metals.

One technique students can employ is called “lost wax”. This entails molding the wax and then setting it in plaster. It is then heated up and the wax melts, creating a mold of the stone for example.

A favorite was seeing the projects students have made. Faynik showed multiple projects including various rings, bracelets, necklaces, and broaches that students made. She also explained how the beginner class helps prepare students to start crafting more complex jewelry for projects and assignments.

Some of the designs were very intricate, where others were simpler. Some students made matching earrings and necklaces to make a set. When talking to Faynik says that it is a really fun class to take.

The students are very supportive of one another and help each other out. It is definitely not a traditional or quiet class. There is always something going on.

Students who have not fulfilled their fine arts requirement are in luck. This particular class is offered as a 2 ½ -hour class in the spring and fall semesters or as a 3-hour class in the summer semester.

JJC has a lot of various classes that appeal to many different students’ interests. Instead of taking a drawing or photography class, one could take jewelry making or stage makeup to get experience in different aspects of JJC’s fine arts program.

JJC’s fine arts program offers many classes that allows students to express themselves through their art, rather than giving a PowerPoint or writing a paper like most classes. Explore new options at JJC rather than taking the normal, always-taken electives!

All photos taken by Nicole Bertic.