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Art Students at SUNY Corning Community College Brighten Children’s Days

May 15, 2020

David Higgins, Art Professor at SUNY CCC, has created a wonderful applied learning opportunity for his students. Professor Higgins explains, “A former student told me she was sending charcoal drawings to local nursing home residents. I decided to adapt [this] idea and give my students an optional assignment.” 

Students in Higgins’ Portfolio Prep class, which is geared towards advanced art students looking to transfer, were asked to create bright and colorful drawings that could be given to children currently in the hospital. Professor Higgins notes that most of his students were eager to help. 

 “I thought about what made me happy [as a kid, and] I thought of zoos,” says SUNY CCC student Austin McFall, who created 26 drawings. Austin drew a picture for each letter of the alphabet, from an Adelie penguin all the way to a zebra. 

In total, students have now created over thirty drawings that will be sent out to Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester next week.

“Since the pandemic [started], I can't even imagine what it's like for [these kids],” Austin says. “I was beyond happy to bring them some joy.”

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