Van Gogh with the Flow
Samantha Dokus Hosts Art Night in the Grind
February 16, 2017
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A line of students wound out the door of the Grind Friday night as they waited to express their artistic talent Van Gogh-style.
It was a wine and paint night… without the wine. Sami Dokus (‘16) took the stage to lead a packed house step-by-step through a mash-up painting of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night.”
After filing through the crowd of eager artists, attendees were handed a blank canvas and a platter of carefully dolloped paints. Round tables were set up with paint brushes and Dixie cups of water. As the group found their seats, the alternative music was turned a few notches lower and Dokus began the lesson.
The night began at 7 p.m. and ran until 9 p.m., overshooting the anticipated end time by approximately an hour. Some steps required more time than others, and Dokus frequently checked in on her pupils to examine their progress.
There were murmurs of admiration and confusion throughout the night as artists examined one another’s work. At some steps in the process, students were wary of what their final product would be, but were, in the end, pleasantly surprised by their billowing sunflowers in the starry night.
“I legitimately had a grand-old time, even though I hate painting,” said Leah Bodin (‘18).
“It was a colorful experience, it was paintastic. There was a great turnout. It was a really relaxing and really rewarding evening,” remarked attendee Lauren Mackey (‘17).
Jess Bond (‘17) ran the event as an intern for Student Leadership and Programming.
“I reached out to Sami because I knew she had the talent,” said Bond. “[She] came up with the design and was the instructor. It was something SAB had done in the past.”
It was done completely in-house by SLP. Bond procured all the supplies suggested by Dokus and set it all up. 65 people were in attendance.