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Broad Art Museum holds annual drawing marathon

September 22, 2022
<p>Students and artists of all kinds were welcomed to the Broad Art Museum for its Drawing Marathon, hosted on Sept. 21, 2022. </p>

Students and artists of all kinds were welcomed to the Broad Art Museum for its Drawing Marathon, hosted on Sept. 21, 2022. 

Photo by Olivia Hans | The State News

Michigan State University's Broad Art Museum held its annual drawing marathon Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event was organized by the MSU Broad Art Museum, MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design and the City of East Lansing.

The Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) collaborated with city staff to host a community painting activity in the 400-block alley of downtown East Lansing to beautify the walls surrounding the recently installed Mental Health Awareness Murals, according to a press release.

The non-stop drawing event had a number of stations for students and community members to come and draw whatever they wanted for as long as they wanted.

"It's just silly and fun. You can draw whatever,” studio art sophomore Phoenix Poole said. “It's not like a classroom situation where you can only draw a particular thing.”

Poole attended the marathon to get points for class, but ended up staying to draw for two hours.

"It's been great. I've done everything that I have to do and I'm still here. I'm just drawing for fun now," Poole said.

The drawing stations included spots to do work on your own or have help being guided by an instructor. Live posing and costumed models were present for inspiration as well. Some students stood and worked on easels while others sat on benches or on the ground.

"It's not super structured, so it's pretty easy to even if you aren't very good," apparel and textiles sophomore Ana Wingle said. "You can just come sit down and just kind of have fun with it."

Wingle attended the event last year with friends and came back this year with her friend Lyman Briggs freshman Isabelle Chan.

Being a STEM major, Chan said the event was beneficial to her because it allowed her to take a break from studying.

"I think it is really appealing to me and, also, it's really relaxing," Chan said. "Just to take my mind off the science world."

Prior to the event, East Lansing Arts Programming & Placemaking Specialist Wendy Sylvester-Rowan said in a release the event is part of the city's efforts to continue collaborations with MSU partners and to promote downtown East Lansing businesses.

"I think it's just a great event and it brings all of the different people together from different aspects of studio art," Poole said.

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