Meet Sarah Banatoski!
My name is Sarah Banatoski. Growing up I was lucky enough to have a community that supported and nourished my passion for art. In high school, I had a teacher who challenged and encouraged me to pursue my love for art. When looking for a college, my main goal was to find a group of individuals that supported and challenged my artistic ability, more than ever before. The Art department at Lycoming College exceeded all my expectations. At Lycoming, my passion for art has come to life. The teachers are as devoted as the students; they challenge us to do our best work, to question and overcome the limitations of our art. They refuse to let us settle for anything less than the work they know we can achieve.
For the past seven years, I have assisted in teaching classes for children in both elementary and middle school at a local art studio, Artspace, located in my hometown of Maynard, Massachusetts, and I have learned the challenges faced when the role of student is reversed to teacher. Working with children inspired to me to look at art and the process of making art differently, to embrace the emotional aspect that goes hand in hand with the process of creativity.
The environment at Lycoming has inspired me to branch out of my comfort zone and experiment with different mediums and techniques. Examples of this can be seen here. Before college, my work was very limited in terms of its creativity. Through my classes and interaction with faculty at Lycoming I have learned to look at a subject differently and to approach the way I interpret it more conceptually, focusing on the project as a whole rather, than its parts. The art department and its motivational professors have helped me to find my signature style, to embrace non-traditional methods and materials, and discover how best to apply my talent to communicate my ideas.
If you have any questions feel free to contact the department. And if you can visit Lyco, I'll be in the studio. See you there!