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From Da Vinci to Doodles: Visual Arts Clubs Open to All

July 31st, 2017

While there are many artists pursuing their craft at University of Waterloo, there are also plenty of students that love to make art but study science or stats. In The Visual Arts Club, you don’t have to be working on a fine arts thesis to explore your passion for creativity.

“The Visual Arts Club is a group of people that might not call themselves artists, but they love art,” said Arts Club president Anita Meng. “It can be intimidating to join art groups sometimes because there's a level of skill that is sometimes expected. But with our group all you have to do is come with an art project and enjoy yourself.”

The Visual Arts Club is open to everyone and every skill level. Members supply their own materials and choose to work on whatever type of visual art project they like.

“One night we made our art on cookies with edible materials because I noticed sometimes people didn't want to keep what they created in during the meeting,” said Meng. “So why not eat it?”

The Visual Arts Club isn't just a great way to work in your new markers or fill up your sketchbook; it's also an excellent social event with little pressure and an opportunity to meet people that share the same passion as you.

“I've made so many friends through the club, so that's an obvious benefit other than just getting together with people to make art,” said Meng. “This term it was also a little quieter because it's summer so the meetings were almost meditative, really relaxing.”

Meng also highlighted that having a set date and time to work on a hobby can be important for students, who often don't get much free time unless it's scheduled.

“It's beneficial by just getting people to work on their art,” she said. “It's a hobby for us; we're not studying it or doing it as a career, so it can be tough to make yourself fill a drawing pad or finish your watercolour. But with a relaxing environment to share with people with the same interests as you, it makes it easier to complete things and progress with your hobby.”

If you'd like more information about the club, visit their Facebook page or say hi in person during Clubs and Societies Days on September 21 and 22 in the Student Life Centre.


Written by Leanna Walsh, Communications Assistant.