Making (Time for) Art – A UNC Student’s Perspective

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If you’re a UNC student and you’ve been intrigued by the Ackland’s Art à la Carte offerings, but wanted to know more about what to expect in a session, read on! Seeking a participant’s perspective, we sent Sarah Headley, a UNC junior working in the Ackland’s communications department, to get her art on and blog about it. 

IMG_3691One of my childhood memories is of my aunt integrating crafts into our family gatherings. We would make Christmas ornaments, candle holders, shell decorations—you name it. I still enjoy making these crafts now, if not even more than I did as a little girl with bangs and pig tails.

Now, as a junior in college, I look forward to occasions where I can be artsy. Working in the Communications office at the Ackland Art Museum on campus, the Art à la Carte classes popped up on my radar. On select Fridays from 4:00-7:00 PM, UNC students can learn about different art techniques and try their hand at them. All the materials are provided and each class is only $10, which is a steal for us college students.

I attended the Found Book Art session, where we began by examining published books that had been transformed into works of art. Books can be altered by adding things like paint, or by cutting out words to make a new meaning.

After looking at different examples, I began to search through a pile of second-hand books to find one I could transform. As a history buff, my eye immediately stopped on one that detailed the major events of 1958. The pages were filled with old car ads, Elvis Presley’s biggest hits, foreign relations, and technological advances.

IMG_4752In the art studio, I decided I wanted to add present-day materials to my book to show how different our world is today. I began by using magazine clippings from new car ads and placing them on the ads from 1958. Though car models have become more advanced, I noticed that the advertising techniques are still very similar. Therefore, my additions fit perfectly with the style of the book. I also noticed that all of the pages were in black and white, so I decided to add color with puzzle pieces, paint and letters from magazines.

My additions to my book created a unique piece of art that I am excited to add to my book collection. It’s a one of a kind piece that I am eager to display, and will continue adding to its pages to give it more character.

Art à la Carte allowed me to delve back into the crafting world and meet other students who enjoy making art as well!

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Future Art à la Carte sessions at the Ackland Art Museum include digital photography, silhouette, doodle sheet, and book binding. Students can learn more and register at

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