Mount Wachusett Community College’s Art Department continues its ongoing student lecture series Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, with mural expert Ben Mikles and self-starter Isabella Bourque respectively. The Dec. 4 event will take place from 12 to 1 p.m., and the Dec. 5 event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Both events will take place in Art Studio 1, Room 172.
Mikles has painted large-scale murals, both temporary and permanent, at several local venues. A user of spray paint and brushes, Mikles will discuss his techniques, materials and process.
Following the presentation, Mikles will meet with interested students to discuss potential strategies and locations for a service-learning and mural project during the spring semester.
Both art majors and non-art majors are encouraged to attend.
Bourque will again deliver a lecture encouraging her peers to market themselves as artists. Students who were unable to attend Bourque’s first lecture are encouraged to attend.
After purchasing an inexpensive kiln on Craig’s List, Bourque created a home studio, where she produces artwork for commissions and sale at street fairs and on Etsy. A graphic design student in high school, Bourque secured her current job as a graphic and web designer for WS Beauty Supply by offering to help a family friend with website issues.
Specifically, Bourque will discuss how to begin selling artwork, including potential sales platforms; easy marketing tools to drive sales and commissions, and how to cultivate an online presence.
Bourque will graduate this semester with an Associate Degree in Art.