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3D art club hosts spooky event

Bone chilling experience of art and activities

By Jeff Sigmund
On November 7, 2018

Screams of fear and fun could be heard coming the Art and Theater Annex on Oct.26 as Kirkwood’s 3D Art club (Clay and Glass clubs) held their annual Halloween Open House. As guest arrived and passed through doors covered with bloody handprints and claw marks they were greeted by a variety of characters from a lady vampire to a knight and even a crazy rooster, but a favorite of the guest seemed to fall on the Frog lady also known as the Creature from the Black Lagoon. 

To start the night Frog lady lead groups of guests on their tour of the open house. First stop was the Spider Cave where they weaved in and out of a maze of webs and strobe lights flashing and spiders hanging from the ceiling not to mention spooky beings, such as a red face demon who seemed to be frozen in place, and there was the oddly dressed fellow? In a long coat and gas mask sitting at a piano. Who was this? Could it have been the killer from “My Bloody Valentine” making an appearance on the Kirkwood campus? One has to wonder. 

As the tour left the spider cave they moved on to the Haunted Maze where they were able to see Crazy Dr. Christopher and his creepy clown assistant working on something or someone as old horror movies played. From there they moved outside to an inviting bonfire for possibly a ghost story. As the guest warmed themselves they could not help but notice a figure much like the one that sat at the piano in the spider den, just outside the fires glow moving in and out of the darkness never really showing itself. 

The tour ended at the Pumpkin patch where guest young and old could try their skill at making pumpkins and other things out of clay. Even there, creatures walked up and down the rows looking but never speaking a hockey masked wearing person or the half man half chicken just ever wandering.  All fears of spooks and creatures were put at easy with treats and goodies that were catered by the Kirkwood Culinary students which brought smiles to all. The night ended with glass blowing demonstrations that were put on by students and staff alike. 

How did this year’s event go? Zach Wollert Lead Studio Tech said “This year's Halloween event really had a good crowd coming from the community.  We reached into the community more this year and it showed with more families showing up for the clay pumpkin patch making and haunted tours.  There were tons of kids having a great time.  It was a fun event for all of us and our students really enjoyed participating.  This is our second year organizing the Halloween Open House and we hope to continue this event for years to come. 

One of many pumpkins that were shown during the glass demonstration during the Haunted Open House on Oct.26.

The stem is getting added to the pumkin during the glass demonstration part of the night. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Molten glass flows into a bucket. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Travis Wilcoxson Glass lowing, left and Shane Monagahan Glas Blowing right work on their technic. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Visitors get to try out their skills at clay sculpture. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Some treats to go along with tricks that were being played. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

A clay pot sits in the Wood-Fire kiln outside during the Haunted Open Studio which was put on by Kirkwood 3D Art Club on Oct. 26.

The doos to where the adventure begins. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

What maybe waiting for unsuspecting vistors just around a corner. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Luke Hames Drama Theatre major clowns around the lab waiting for guests. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.




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