Sharpen your art skills, ladies.
South Carrick is preparing to hold its annual art auction to support Habitat for Humanity as residents work to raise enough funds to build a house.
UT Housing requires all residence halls on campus to hold fundraisers for the charity. The goal is to be able to build a house as often as they can to give back to the Knoxville community.
"We built a house the year before last, so we don't have enough money right now to build one," said Devon Adams, a South Carrick resident assistant. "This year, we're really pushing hard to fundraise so we can build a house in either 2014 or 2015."
South Carrick RAs said they hope that by allowing the girls to gather while they work on their canvases, a sense of community will form along with an appreciation for their hall. For freshmen in particular, which the hall mainly houses, working toward community is an important step in their transition to college.
"It gets them out of the room," Courtney Henderson, another South Carrick RA, said. "It gets them socializing, and painting lets people express themselves."
Using community and creativity to raise the funds, the South Carrick Residence Association purchased the paint, brushes and canvases to make this event free for residents.
"It's an easy way for them to get involved," Adams said. "They literally have to come to the lobby, sign their name and they get to paint a canvas."
With unrestricted creativity, the hall turned their lobby into an art studio Friday night to begin their collection of paintings. They covered tables with paper and set brushes and paint along the front desk to create a community atmosphere.
Girls could be seen sketching serious pieces to handwriting quotes and finger painting as they covered their canvases.
"I definitely think it's a great way to get residents involved in supporting Habitat for Humanity," Jessie Hamby, freshman in linguistics, said. "Who doesn't like to paint?"
So far, 45 canvases out of the 55 purchased have been painted by both residents and RAs. The finished products will be hung in the South Carrick lobby following Thanksgiving break, then each painting will have a number beside it. Residents can then bid at the desk for their favorite.
"The art is impeccably awesome this year," Henderson said. "Everybody had a different style, and it definitely expresses throughout the hall. These pieces are gorgeous."
Typically, residents buy their own, but prospective owners are able to purchase anyone's art. Students outside South Carrick are also welcome to bid on their peers' works to include the rest of the UT population on the effort to raise money.
The auction is a hall favorite each year, and this year hopes to create the same feelings, RAs said. In the end, South Carrick hopes to promote charity in its residents while providing them with an event they can feel good about participating in.
"It's for a good cause," Henderson said. "So, it makes you feel good about yourself while having fun with others."