Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
The Chadron State College art department strutted its stuff recently during the school’s annual art day, helping some 125 high school students learn about new techniques, tools and media…as well as why CSC would be a good college for them.
Faculty member and Art Day organizer Mary Donahue says 37 CSC art students served as workshop leaders or
assistants for the high school students…who came from 14 different schools
“Two of his students who had attended CSC Art Day in the past were engaged enough that they decided to go on to college here,” says Donahue. “They are freshman art majors this year and helped with the workshops – Alexis Fast Wolf and Morgan Red Hair.”
Sioux County art teacher Rex Rodenbaugh looks forward to Art Dau because it gives area art students a chance to see the CSC art facilities and meet its faculty and students.
“My students are exposed to processes and media they may not have yet experienced, sparking an interest in taking more high school art,” says Rodenbaugh.
“I benefit each year as I move from workshop to workshop gleaning ideas from faculty and students,” he says, adding that the alcohol/ink workshop by Mrs. Bird was a highlight for two of his students this year.
Rodenbaugh makes sure at Sioux County High benefits from Art Day as well by displaying the projects and exhibits his students created that day.
Schools taking part in Art Day this year included a dozen from Nebraska…Alliance, Bayard, Bridgeport, Chadron, Crawford, Gordon-Rushville, Hay Springs, Hemingford, Kimball, Mitchell, Morrill, and Sioux County…as well as Edgemont and Oelrichs from South Dakota.