November 15, 2016 8:45AM
Pittsburg State University art students will become the teachers for the PSU Department of Art’s High School Art Day on Thursday, Nov. 17. Two hundred high school art students and their teachers from 23 schools are scheduled to attend the event, which runs from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The high school art students will choose among 12 workshops led by PSU art majors. Those include “Automatism,” taught by Robby Raio; “Portraits,” taught by Luis E. Calderon; “Worldmaking,” taught by Elliecia Hall; “Character Design,” taught by Will Cowley; “Matting and Framing,” taught by Molly McVey; “Watercolor,” taught by Mattie Parrigon; “GIF Making,” taught by Brittney Walton; “Mural Painting,” taught by Brianna Gillis, and Aaron Skapik; “Bubble Prints,” taught by Lauryn Hastert; “Bookmaking,” taught by Hannah Coward; “Wire Wrapped Gifts,” taught by Leah Rogers; and “Moldmaking/Slipcasting,” taught by Whitney Reeves.
In addition to the workshops, the students will bring examples of their own work for inclusion in a juried show. The judges for the juried art competition are PSU alumni Ross Schartel, a sculptor and art historian in Kansas City, Mo., and Mercedes Brink, an art teacher at R.E. Baker Elementary School in Bentonville, Ark.
Portico Bowman, chair of the High School Art Day organizing committee, said the day was designed as a peer-to-peer exchange between high school and college students who share a common interest in careers in the arts.
PSU’s High School Art Days have become so popular that the capacity of 200 students was reached on the first day of registration. To meet the demand, a second High School Art Day is planned for April 25, 2017.
For more information on High School Art Day, call the PSU Department of Art, 620-235-4302, or visit their website, http://www.pittstate.edu/department/art/.