By Jared Huhta

Sarah Stine (photo provided)

Despite her small figure, senior Sarah Stine is a leader. Her pursuit of an education degree solidifies this. Her role in the Art Education Association of Indiana (AEAI) confirms this even more.

Stine is an art education major with minors in fine arts and graphic design. But growing up, art was more of a hobby than a possible career choice.

“In high school, I enjoyed taking art classes,” she said. “I wasn’t really thinking about taking it as a major.”

But her family heritage showed that art could be a profession. Her grandma owned Stine Ceramics in Pennsylvania, which “got me into seeing what possibilities there are,” Stine said.

In college, she’s continued to pursue these possibilities. She’s a member of the Zeta Alpha Pi chapter of Kappa Pi, an international Art Fraternity based on academic achievement and artistic excellence. Stine, an art grant worker, helps out with various responsibilities in the art department and is involved in the National Art Education Association on campus, where she organizes special events and speakers for art education majors.

“We try to get art more well-known and out in the community,” she said.

Stine’s artwork has been in two student shows and has been displayed at an art festival in Roanoke, which is “a privilege just to get in,” she said.

On a global scale, she and other art majors painted a mural based on Acts 13:47 in a mission trip to India during J-term.

“That was one of the coolest things to do,” Stine said.

Stine, along with sophomore Paul Monroe, is on the executive board for art educators for AEAI, which represents schools in over 75 counties in the state.

“It’s a really cool honor to be next to art educators and hear what they do in everyday life,” she said.

Currently, Stine is organizing mixers for the next AEAI conference in Columbus, Ind., Nov. 2-4. The original fee for students was $60, but she and Monroe worked to bring the price down to $35.

Stine is thankful for her friends and family for supporting her throughout the years, even if they don’t always understand her art work.

“I like really expressive and emotional things,” she said. “ [My parents] look at it like I’m crazy. I’ve grown so much in my art work from people being here, supporting me instead of just worrying about their own work.”

Stine is looking forward to student teaching in the spring before graduating in May.

“The best part about being an educator is the relationships you build with students and almost in one sense, being a good Christian example,” she said. “I’m just excited to help kids express themselves and express their faith through art and what they’re going through so they can relate to other people.”

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