By Kelsey Martinez
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.