‘May the 4th Be With You’ Painting Class Gives Islander Students a Break from Finals

Published: May 11, 2017

‘May the 4th Be With You’ Painting Class Gives Islander Students a Break from Finals

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Project GRAD hosted a Star Wars themed painting class on May 4 for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students in a need of a break from the stress of finals. The staff from Crazy Picasso, a Corpus Christi painting studio, designed the custom painting just for Islander students.

“We really enjoyed painting and thought it was such a good stress reliever!” said Frances Maldonado, a senior Texas A&M-Corpus Christi student.

In between layers of paint, the Crazy Picasso instructors called out Star Wars trivia for prizes, so some students left with gift cards for food around town as well as classes at the Crazy Picasso studio. This is the second painting class Project GRAD has hosted and plans for the fall are already in the works due to the growing popularity among the students. 

“We wanted to give students something to do that would actually take their minds off everything they had going on in this last week,” said Bonnie Stewart-Richlen, the Engagement Coordinator for Project GRAD. “Doing something creative that requires your entire focus is a great way to de-stress and get away from it all.”

Project GRAD serves the needs of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students and their families in higher education. One of the main goals of events like the painting party is to create a strong sense of support and community in the hopes of improved student retention and graduation rates across campus.

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