Sounds of xylophones and tom-tom drums and the smell of bug repellent greeted attendees as they walked into Armstrong’s Fine Arts courtyard. The Arts, Music and Theater department hosted their seventh annual Children’s Outdoor Arts Festival April 13.
The “jam-packed event,” which was open to the public, included music and art activities, along with face painting, staged performances and an art show displaying student and faculty art.
The children enjoyed playing percussion instruments and making their own maracas and bead jewelry. They also got to create puppets out of paper bags, collages, paintings and even pottery. Visitors were also invited to purchase snacks from the “Composers Cafe” where they could order either the Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn combos.
The event was bustling, and behind the scenes were dedicated students like Mary-Beth Marshall who worked the mono-print booth. Marshall, an art education major, has volunteered for the event several times and said it’s the interaction with kids that keeps her coming back.
“I enjoy showing the kids new techniques that they don’t get to do at school.”
Marshall, who has worked the mono-print booth in the past, was quick to sign up for it again this year.
“Mono-print boot is a kid favorite every year. This and the action painting because they are the messiest of the booths.”