Artists communicate with students from Taiwan

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Academics, Art, Electives

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By Kelsey Martinez
Staff writer

Art students of Gail McFarland were visited by Arizona State University art professor Mary Stokroki on Jan. 6.
Students learned about people from another country through art. Stokroki introduced and explained an art exchange between Cactus Canyon art students and students from Taiwan.
The professor took 10 pieces of student art to take it to Taiwan. She’ll be showing the work to students in Taiwan when she goes at the end of January. Stokroki will come back from Taiwan and bring drawings back done by the students there.
“I think it’s cool that they get the chance to learn about a different environment but also another culture,” said Mrs. McFarland.
The drawings represent what students in Apache Junction usually see in their environment, such as animals, plants, and other sights to be seen. The art work was done on a piece a paper with watercolors and crayons. The 10 drawings were chosen by Stokroki, who said she was looking for uniqueness and creativity.
“Mrs. Stokroki was a really neat person to meet,” said eighth grader Jordie Golemon.
Stokroki is vice president of International Art Education Association, a non-profit organization located in the virtual world of Second life and on the Web. She is also on the Apache Junction Art Council with Mrs. McFarland.
  1. Mr. LaPrise says:

    What a great experience for art students. Thank you Mrs. McFarland for arranging this once in a lifetime experience.

  2. Lorenz M says:

    I agree with Mr. LaPrise. This would be a once in a life time opportunity to see what Taiwan students see in there daily lives like we do. I personally would love to visit Taiwan once I am older as I have relatives over there also. I am ecstatic to see what the Professor brought from Taiwan. Kudos to Kelsey, another great article. This proves that we can learn from just pictures and not just words. The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousands of words.” I would enjoy to read more articles across the globe topic. For an example if we sent letters to a different country! Countries like Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines. I am pretty sure we could learn more about different cultures like that. Overall great article and great topic to be writing about.

  3. Kassy says:

    I think that this was a very good article! It was so nice to meet Mrs. Stokroki. I think us art students at Cactus Canyon would love to have her here again for a visit!

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