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Law enforcement sophomore David Vargas uses water colors to paint Frida Kahlo, a historical hispanic female artist, during this colleges first Painting With a Twist, instructed by Angela McGuire Oct. 5, in the craft room of Loftin. Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a Mexican-American Studies history research presentation at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 on the fourth floor of Moody.  Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

Law enforcement sophomore David Vargas uses water colors to paint Frida Kahlo, a historical hispanic female artist, during this colleges first Painting With a Twist, instructed by Angela McGuire Oct. 5, in the craft room of Loftin. Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a Mexican-American Studies history research presentation at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 on the fourth floor of Moody. Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

Over 20 students participated in a free painting course offered by the Student Life organization

By Estefania Flores

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Painting with a Hispanic Twist, an event for Hispanic Heritage Month, Wednesday gave students a chance to display their creativity.

The event was sponsored by the office of student life in the craft room in Loftin Student Center.

“We originally prepared for a maximum of 20 students, but 21 students showed up the day of the event,” Carrie Hernandez, senior success specialist, said. “I felt extremely satisfied to know that students were engaged with the events that student life has to offer.”

Angela McGuire, a professional artist from Inspire Institute, instructed the event and taught students how to paint Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits.

McGuire preferred to let students create their own artwork without pre-sketching on canvases.

Students painted with acrylics.

“It was amazing,” Hernandez said. “There was one particular student who drew polka dots around her artwork, which I found fascinating. You really got to see all the different personalities and the creativity in each student.”

Students were able to take their paintings home.

In the future, with more time and preparation, Hernandez plans to continue working with McGuire in other events.

Hernandez would like to arrange painting classes for other campuswide celebrations, including Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Employee Development Day for staff and faculty.

“I plan to add music and food to the next event, all coinciding with the theme of the month,” she said. “For Black History Month, I would love to add jazz music. For next year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, I would like to add Mexican music and tacos because who doesn’t love tacos.”

For more information, call Hernandez 210-486-0125.

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