visual arts Instructor
Kathleen Christon Visual Arts Instructor Kathleen Christon is an Art Education Major at Carson-Newman University with a minor in Art History. She is a member of the Gamma Ray Art Club at her school as well as the secretary for Gamma Ray. She has been doing art since she was a little girl but only started to really hone in on her skills in high school and college. She has had her work published in a magazine from the school as well as showcased in numerous student galleries. Her first solo show is October 17th 2021. Kathleen has been able to travel to several different countries as she grew up in a military home and was able to see first hand many historically famous artworks, some of which were in the louvre. Kathleen’s favorite type of art is realistic/ representational art as it truly captures a moment in history forever. Kathleen also loves abstract expressionism art as it captures emotions through mark making. Some of Kathleen’s hobbies include painting and drawing, shopping, horseback riding, and cuddling all the cats and dogs she can.
My Why… So many people stop doing art at a young age because they think they cannot draw. But I have always thought that anyone can be an artist, with the right teacher, the right motivation and lots of practice. I grew up surrounded by art, my whole family are artists of some kind. As well as I have traveled and seen famous artists' works. I was so inspired by their art that I wanted to learn how to become as good as them. Art isn’t about how much better you can be compared to another artist, it's how you create art based on feeling, emotion, and your own personal experiences. I believe art is a form of expression that is sometimes hard to put into words, but rather can be put into a painting or drawing. I want to teach that anyone can create art, you just have to want it badly enough and be willing to put in the work and practice to better those skills.