MSU Summer Arts Camp 2015

Hello world! It has been awhile since I have documented my art and teaching experience on the web. You last heard from me in May as I was wrapping up the spring semester. Summer brought new experiences, visiting friends and family, making new discoveries to improve my health, lots of gluten free cooking, and REST. I also finished buying the supplies I needed to convert my apartment dining room and back porch into a papermaking studio! I will share in future blog posts how I’ve been using my home studio, what my students are doing this fall semester, and more exciting news.

Between June 5th-12th, I volunteered to lead three workshops for Mississippi State University’s art camp for high school students. The camp has been an annual event for three years now for students that are 16-years-old through incoming college freshman. I taught a recycled papermaking workshop, and beginner workshops about Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students also learned about photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics, and sculpting processes from other MSU faculty.

What is great about this event? Young students get to have a hands-on experience with all types of mediums and processes, and decide if art and design has a part in their college future!

Below are examples of what students produced in my workshops, lasting a couple hours each:

ILLUSTRATOR
Students constructed and stylized an animal of their choice in the Adobe software.

by Thomas Kennedy

by Thomas Kennedy

by Sarah Hoing

by Sarah Hoing

by Phillip Merryman

by Phillip Merryman

by Phillip Vosbein

by Phillip Vosbein

by Natalie Blaylock

by Natalie Blaylock

by Mary Preston

by Mary Preston

by Kristen Page Stacy

by Kristen Page Stacy

by Jordan Kirk

by Jordan Kirk

by Jana Hubbard

by Jana Hubbard

by Ivy Williamson

by Ivy Williamson

by Haley Lawrence

by Haley Lawrence

by Caroline Harris

by Caroline Harris

PHOTOSHOP
Students’ goal was to design a non-objective, abstract composition that creates space and interest. They needed to experiment to consider color and value as they worked in the Adobe software.

by Caroline Harris

by Caroline Harris

by Tatum Roper

by Tatum Roper

by Sam Turba

by Sam Turba

by Phillip Merryman

by Phillip Merryman

by Emily Manning

by Emily Manning

by Jordan Kirk

by Jordan Kirk

by Jana Hubbard

by Jana Hubbard

by Haley Green

by Haley Green

 

PAPERMAKING
Each student had the opportunity to make at least two sheets of hand-recycled paper with the supplied paper, leaves, flowers, grass, and dyes to their creative liking.
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If you know a high school student that has an interest in art, I hope you will share this opportunity with them so they can attend next summer!

More to come….

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