Auburn Studio Project is a community art education program for 7th graders at Drake Middle School. Many thanks to our partners, supporters and collaborators.

The program is organized by Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University with generous support from a K-12 Arts Education Outreach Grant, and tremendous support from the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, which is part of the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department.

Special thanks to:

Becky Richardson, City of Auburn Parks and Recreation
Marilyn Laufer, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Cristen Herring, Auburn City Schools
Duriel Barlow, Drake Middle School
Robin Kiefer, Drake Middle School
Sarah Armstrong, Drake Middle School
All of the attentive students!
Arts education is a community effort. The staff at Drake Middle School and Auburn City Schools demonstrate their commitment to teaching children about art through their continued support of ASP.

The Auburn Studio Project strives to demonstrate authentic connections for deepening student learning and understanding. Each of these workshops offers a unique perspective into the world of art, emphasizing technique, dialogue, and context. The arts are an important element in each of our lives, encouraging our ability to communicate, learn new skills, and solve problems.

what is auburn studio project?

What is Auburn Studio Project?

ASP is a really cool event that happens every year for students your age to explore new concepts in a day-long workshop that includes visiting a museum to see works of art, making works of art, and collaborating with others to better understand the world we live in.

During the day we will talk about things you see and make, which will include art on view at JCSM and making works of art yourself.

Click the other links below to find out more about this year’s ASP and about what it means to be involved.

what to expect at asp

What are we doing?

On the morning of February 29th, you and your classmates will catch a bus and head to Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University. While there, we will look at some exhibitions on view, including works created by the Auburn University art faculty and selections from our permanent collection. On this website, you can learn more about looking at art, and more about the works of art on view.

The schedule of the day will look like this:

8:45 – Arrive at JCSM and break into groups
9:00 – Begin touring the museum and making art!
11:55 – Lunch break
12:25 – Continue tours and hands-on activities
1:45 – Return to school

It’s going to be a fun day, but to make it the best possible experience for you, please remember these hints:

  • The works of art are delicate and clean, so please don’t touch them.
  • Talking about art requires carefully listening to your classmates, and being part of the conversation yourself. Everyone has an important contribution to make.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the galleries, and when we have lunch, please help clean up afterwards.
  • Making art with your friends means being a part of the team. Work collaboratively, with respect for your classmates.

meet the artists

The Department of Art and Art History at Auburn University is a vibrant community of artists and scholars who not only teach, they actively pursue their own art and research. Success of the department’s mission to foster learning in an environment of experimentation, innovation, creative inquiry, and critical thinking is demonstrated yearly in the distinctive work of its student body and graduates.
This triennial exhibition, featuring permanent studio faculty, adjunct instructors, and studio technical staff, is another vital expression of the faculty’s commitment and offers students the chance to observe directly the close relationship between classroom activity and creative practice. Moreover, the exhibition provides the larger community an insider’s look at significant art being produced at Auburn yet seen more often in venues outside the area. Showcasing recent paintings, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, digital imagery, and other media, the exhibition reveals the breadth of interests and investigations by the Department of Art and Art History’s diverse studio faculty and staff. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, which highlights recent activity of the department’s art historians in addition to the exhibiting artists.

collaborative art and exhibitions

This page is currently under construction. Check back soon for updates and information!

looking at art

Seeing and Understanding

What does it mean to really see something? Is it different than just looking at something? What’s the difference between a glance, a gaze, a look, and seeing?

The faculty artists and OOTB sculptors all have very different ways of looking at the world around them, which is reflected in their individual works of art. While at first glance many of these artists seem as though they could not be further apart in their artistic focus and ideals, the content of many of the works on view in both exhibitions can be connected to a deep personal reflection and a desire to convey a meaningful narrative or experience to the viewer.

The world around us

The world we live in is filled with interesting textures, details, shapes, and lines that are exciting to look at. Finding and describing beauty is the focus of aesthetics. To have an aesthetic sense, a person can define what they like to look at, and why they find certain visual stimuli appealing.

Each person has a unique aesthetic style. Some people love the deliberate realism and inherent documentation in artistic media like photography and realistic drawing and painting, while others prefer the more free-spirited or organic, colorful works of art that may have no discernable subject, but still somehow cause the viewer to react to the work. What are some characteristics of your aesthetic? Do you enjoy complex images, or do you prefer minimalism with simple geometric shapes and forms? Colorful things, or monochromatic objects? These are all important parts of your personal taste, and all require careful looking in order to define them. After careful reflection, you may find that both styles are visually appealing in their own unique ways.

Looking at Art

Looking at art means having an experience with the works on view. This takes time. When you were younger, it was fine to just say you liked this, that, or the other, but as you develop your aesthetic sense, you’ll want to start considering the reasons you like certain styles of art. You’ll also find that each person has a unique perspective when they look at works of art.

When looking at a new work of art, there are two aspects that we, as viewers, should keep in mind. There are the things that we actually see, and then there is the historical context and underlying personal or societal relationships at work.

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