Art project sparks creativity among students

Pictured above: Jarad Mora shows his project. (Layne Phillips/ Staff reporter)

By Layne Phillips

Staff reporter

Creativity is in the air at Southwestern College.

Last week, students in the Creativity in the Arts class taught by Allyson Moon, associate professor of theatre, presented and exhibited artistic projects in Messenger Recital Hall.

Students were given the choice of presenting their project in Messenger Recital Hall or Exhibiting their project in the President’s Art Gallery.

Moon has been teaching at Southwestern for 30 years and has been assigning this particular project for the last 10 years.

“I love it when I’m surprised by what students do. I also love it when there is clear choices made,” said Moon. “When things are surprising or when there is the evidence of those artistic choices that’s exciting to me, because it says ‘Okay, I think they get it’.”

Jarad Mora, computer science junior, created his own video game character called a centaur which is half man, half horse.

The figure was presented on Mora’s computer in President’s Art Gallery and it bowed to Mora’s classmates.

“The entire creation process took me about three weeks,” said Mora. “I worked on it for about three hours a day for three weeks. Making the centaur move took me about a week.”

Claren McCormick, athletic training sophomore, choreographed and performed a dance routine in front of the class in Messenger Hall.

“Growing up, I always looked up to the Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleaders and back at my high school we had a dance team called the Po-Hi Steppers. So when I got to high school, I tried out for the team and made it. That’s why I wanted to dance for my artistic project,” said McCormick.

“We had originally performed a kick routine to that song and it stuck with me. We performed a routine to it at nationals in Texas with it and so that was kind of just one of my favorite dances. We performed it with 35 girls so I condensed it to where I can perform it on my own.”

While every student created their own project, each student got to see a side of their classmates they have never seen before.

“You don’t normally get to see that side of people just sitting in class. I have friends and teammates in the class with me so it was fun getting to see them express themselves in a different way than they usually do.” said McCormick.

Layne Phillips is a freshman majoring in communication. You may e-mail him at

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