Club Directory: Visual Art and Literature

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ART CLUB

What does your club do?

It’s an art club, so we just draw or paint together or talk about art. It’s a very laidback club, we don’t really have a specific thing that we have to do everyday. It’s more just like we decide if we want to draw that day or do something else that day.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

I think anyone who just wants to draw or just wants to have other people who enjoy art. I think anyone who wants to learn how to get better at drawing and painting.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

Since it’s a really new club, we haven’t really done much. We created the club this past year, so that’s the only thing we did. We painted the piano, which was put outside Bread and Chocolate in Newton Highlands for people to play. It was a very nice experience and I think it was pretty successful.

ART FROM THE HEART

What does your club do?

This club was made to bring the joy of art to homeless shelters. We met with one in Waltham every other Tuesday and brought various art activities when we visited. Some activities that we did consisted of making little sculptures out of model magic, bookmarks, plate masks, and many more.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

This club was made for students who enjoy arts and crafts and also working with kids, too.

What has been the best thing about being part of this club, in your experience?

This experience has been great overall because I was able to bring something I love to a homeless shelter and watch them enjoy it. I loved the idea of visiting a shelter because it allowed me to open up to different experiences and help children who do not have the same privileges as I do.

COFFEE HOUSE TALENT

What does your club do?

Coffee House Talent is for sharing art of any kind in a really relaxed environment with a bunch of super friendly people. We also play games quite a lot and last holiday season we gathered toys to give to children in need!

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

You’ll like Coffee House Talent if you make or do cool things, appreciate art, or just want to hang out. You can show sketches or photos, you can dance, you can sing, you can make origami, you can read poetry- but you don’t have to bring art to be a part of the club!

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

My favorite part about Coffee House Talent is that it’s just about having fun and enjoying art together. That, and the fact that it’s super non-judgmental and it’s very relaxed.

GRAPHIC DESIGN CLUB

What does your club do?

Our club is a fun place to get better at Photoshop. We will be holding competitions to make designs, posters, or just funny images using photoshopping skills.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Anybody who likes designing things, drawing, or just making crazy pictures would definitely enjoy our club. Even people who haven’t designed in their life could like learning a new life skill.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

As we’re just getting started this year, we don’t have any experiences to label as the best, but I’m sure we will soon.

POETRY CLUB

What does your club do?

Poetry Club is a chill and wonderful club that meets every Wednesday J-Block in room 2306 to sit in a circle and share original poetry or favorite poems we’ve found, and to relax and talk. Occasionally we’ll pass around a group poem or boil tea or have food. After maybe a rough Wednesday at school, you can then come up to Poetry Club and unwind but also be apart of this great creative energy and be among really awesome people. We hold a couple of poetry slams each year which are really fun, welcoming gatherings held at someone’s house– there’s food, and tea, and we read poems and it’s a really cool thing.

What kind of person would enjoy this club?

Someone who likes to listen to any sort of poetry, spoken word, or likes to write would really enjoy this club. You do not have to write poetry, though! If you’re open to it, come and listen and meet people– as I said, It’s just a really nice space to be in.

What has been the best thing about being a part of this club, in your experience?

There are so many things I love about this club. I think a lot of people don’t believe that they can write a poem, but the more time I spend in this club and the more time I spend writing, the more it becomes this cathartic response for me and the more inspiration will strike me, which is such an amazing feeling and can be exactly what I need. For the most part, people share original stuff they write and it’s so cool to hear your friends’ writing. I’ve cemented some of my closer friends here and met upperclassman– people I wouldn’t have had the chance to become friends with otherwise– which rocks.

For information about when and where all of these clubs meet, click here.

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Abby Lass is the managing editor of arts and an avid reader of Percy Jackson. She has a deep passion for overzealous rants, overcommitment, and excessive analysis.

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