Thirteen high school students unveiled their artwork July 19 at Ann Peppers Hall after a week-long program taught by professors at the University. The program was the idea of Penny McElroy, professor of art and incoming chair of the Art Department and Raul Acero, professor of art, who worked together with local high schools to bring in interested artist students.
Financial support of the program came from the Art Department, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office and a donation from alumni donor Linda Roesch, which will aid in the support of the program for years to come.
“We are able to invite young artists to work with us at no cost—which removes any barriers to participation,” McElroy said. “The only thing we ask them to bring is their passion for visual art.”
The students, ages 15 and 16, participated daily, learning the concept of digital illustration and sculpture.
“In the morning we had hands-on carving and in the afternoon students worked on the computers doing conceptual work,” Acero said.
The students were inspired by what they had learned and were eager to show off their finished projects.
Sophie Fetterhoff, a junior at Redlands High School, was recommended to participate in this program by her ceramics teacher. She created a digital art project "Scattered Anxiety."
“I’ve always been interested in digital art,” she said. “I’m aspiring to work on it and put myself out there in the future.”
Katlynd Gouldby, also a junior at Redlands High School, created three art pieces: plaster cast "Beehive with a Baby Head," digital art "Pierced Chaos" and digital art "Bloodied Words." She found out about the program though her art teacher.
“I wanted to do it,” Gouldby said. “I love art and wanted to learn more about it.”
For the past few years, juniors and seniors only have participated. “We're hoping that in the future we will be able to expand this outreach to a larger collection of schools and perhaps move into middle schools as well,” McElroy said.
Posted: July 25, 2013
Written by: Laura Pedraza