Professors enlighten art students

By Jessica Reed

In the Southampton Building in room 109, Professor Dan Gilhooley’s life drawing students sat on their stools drawing a nude model who is paid about $21 an hour by the art department.

While drawing her, students presented different angles of how her body was turned. They either were sitting away from her, looking straight at her or on the side of her at different angles.

The students shaped her body and detailed her complexion and beautiful skin. The students had a way of expressing themselves on paper. Some drew leaves behind her; others created magical back splashes and used purple paper, and put their hearts and minds into it as they drew the woman.

Looking at the body language of the model, it seemed that she was a bit sad as her breast hung on her stomach and her blossom shaped body leaned on arms and elbows on her knees. Her face looked sad as if she was thinking about family, students, or what she was going to do after the life drawing class was over.

Many students put a lot of artistic skills into making the sketch perfect. Really, the artist is the one who decides how he or she is going to transform an image onto paper.

A couple of students offered their opinion on how art makes them feel. Megan Keller is 21 and is a senior at Suffolk. Keller is attempting to graduate in the summer. Keller said she finds art to be pleasant and stress free. She said she feels art is a part of her life and it shows in her work of the naked woman. Keller’s drawing depicted the woman sitting on a magical leaf.

Kenneth Ofoyan is 21 and a sophomore and attending the College. He said he enjoys Gilhooley’s charismatic attitude.

“He inspires me to be a good artist. He is my favorite professor,” said Ofoyan. Ofoyan said he enjoys drawing because it’s a class that does not stress him out. He is taking life drawing as an elective.

Jennifer Cliiodo, 21-years-old, is a visual arts student attending Suffolk College as well. She views art differently from the other students. She expresses herself about Professor Gilhooley and Professor O’Brien, the art department’s academic chair.

“I love them; they’re great teachers. I feel art should not be manipulated,” Cliiodo said. Cliiodo said she feels you have to know art well enough that it is imbeded in you,” which means, “You have to walk the walk and talk the talk,” Cliiodo said.


Knowing more about professor Gilhooley and his students was uplifting.

“Art is my life,” Gilhooley said. He is a fine arts professor. Fine arts as explained on, “has primarily to do with imagination and taste, and is applied to the production of what is beautiful, including poetry, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture.” This definition defines who Gilhooley is. He also teaches 2d design drawing 1&2, and using design principles. He also is a proud SUNY Suffolk professor for 27 years.

Another creative aspect of him believes in his student’s ability to draw images from their own mind and use the techniques that he taught them. His personality lightens up a dark room any time of the day. His students share their opinion about nude art or opinions on art in general.

O’Brien is an art history professor in Suffolk. He has been teaching at Suffolk since 2003. He wants students to think about art and the value that goes along with it.

Many students are not exposed to art. Professor O’Brien wants his students to look at art, “In a conceptual rainbow of structure, color, and form. To have colors is valued more because there is competition and a lot of money is at stake if you don’t know what you’re doing,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien enjoys teaching his students and telling the students how art was discovered. He feels a sense of success when a student gets what he is saying in a lecture. Therefore, he enjoys inspiring students who didn’t like art before and now grow to love the art. O’Brien knows a few students of his who went to popular Universities for instance Stony Brook, School of Visual Arts (SVA), and NYU. They became very successful right out of Suffolk, he said.

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