Students in Rend Lake College’s Art Appreciation and Art History classes are once again putting their creative talents to good use by holding an Easter basket auction this Thursday to raise money for the Amy Schulz Child Advocacy Center and the Benton Humane Society.
Bids will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the North Oasis Pit.
Each year, the students complete similar projects themed around Easter / Spring and Halloween / Autumn, and the baskets are sold in a silent auction to benefit charity.
Each semester, the students put their art skills to the test, combining all they have learned about the elements and principles of design into a real project. The Art Appreciation students are required to write an essay on their projects while the Art History students must provide precedents describing how their projects pertain to actual events or icons in art.
Art Professor Therese Melena said she usually advises her classes to spend no more than a couple of dollars on their baskets, but the students tend to go over that limit.
“They always do more, but that is good because the students are thinking beyond themselves,” she said.
The contents of these baskets certainly are creative. They include a basket filled with barbecue supplies, a cake-baking basket, one filled with beach supplies, a wine basket and a golf basket, among others.
For more information, contact Melena at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1747.
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