Arts & Culture

Students' art receives the gallery treatment

This painting by 6-year-old Vivi Baughman is part of a collection by students of Monart School of the Arts.
This painting by 6-year-old Vivi Baughman is part of a collection by students of Monart School of the Arts. Courtesy photo

You may have noted the delightful artwork of children on the walls of local Starbucks coffee shops. You can get an extra-large drink of it this summer at Friends University.

About 250 prints of pieces of art by students of Monart School of the Arts in Wichita are hanging on the walls of the Riney Fine Arts Center Gallery.

The works are not only by children; adults also take classes at Monart, which is at 7230 E. 29th St. North.

"The age range is 4 to at least 74," said Charles Baughman of Monart, who used to teach art at Friends.

"We focus on teaching kids to learn how to draw and see and then from there develop their own kind of personal style," Baughman said.

"I want them to find their own means of expression and develop an ability to draw anything they want to draw."

Exhibiting the students' work is an important part of what the school does, he said.

"Our philosophy is never to comment on artwork — it's not good or bad, right or wrong."

The students "know if they got it right or not. When they're on display, they're really artists. ... It's a nice way to celebrate their gifts and talents."

Prints of the works — the students get to keep the originals — are for sale for $25. The money will go to scholarships for low-income students.

For more information about Monart, go to the website monart.com.

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