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April 11, 2014

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Artist in resident Keith Johns shares his personal story and how he uses art to glorify God with the BCF Humanities class.

Professors at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville consistently incorporate unique learning tools and extraordinary methods within the classroom to enhance student learning and aid in retention. With clay pots, a stack of bricks, and an exploratory visit to the Graceville Art Design Center, two professors exposed their students to specialty techniques used in counseling, tested the strength of ancient architectural structures and examined artistic masterpieces.

BCF Christian Counseling Professor Kristy Ford invited experienced potter and therapist Larry Rogers and his wife, Tracey, to her Introduction to Psycho Therapy class for a therapeutic pottery demonstration. Utilizing a well mastered therapy technique; students listened to Rogers’ methods of relief and then were allowed to practice on the pottery themselves.

Roger Richards, Dean of Students and Associate Professor of History and Christian Studies, assembled his humanities class outside to discover the strength of ordinary bricks when incorporating ancient Roman architectural techniques. Richards’ demonstrated this strength by constructing an arch, an innovation developed by the ancient Romans, placing angled stones or bricks side by side. The brick arch structure supported over 250 pounds without the use of cement or any additional support materials.

On another occasion, the humanities class visited the Graceville Art Design Center to observe the creative and meticulous process involved in painting from conception to completion. Artist in Resident Keith Johns shared his personal story and how he uses art to tell the story of Jesus, glorifying God instead of man.

Through various learning activities, BCF professors provide an engaging way of conveying valuable information and life-lessons. For more information call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.

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Experienced potter and therapist Larry Rogers demonstrates to the Introduction to Psycho Therapy class the use of pottery therapeutically.