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CWU's College Art Day Opens Studios to High School Students

More than 150 local junior and senior high school students are registered to explore the exciting world of art at Central Washington University's Sixth Annual Day of Art held November 3.

This event allows students who are interested in pursuing a career in art to participate in hands-on studio classes in the Art + Design Department. The students will have the opportunity to select from the eight different studio areas offered at CWU: painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry-making/metalsmithing, drawing, graphic design, wood design and sculpture.

"This is a great way for interested students and their parents to learn about our program and what we offer," said Gregg Schlanger, chair of CWU's Art + Design Department. "We'll provide materials and lunch. There is absolutely no cost to students, teachers, or parents [students provide their own transportation to CWU]."

There will be a morning and afternoon session and the department will be providing a pizza lunch at noon. An exhibit reception and awards ceremony for Look at Me: A High School Student Exhibition will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Students are invited to bring a portfolio for faculty to review. The portfolio review is intended to give the student input on their artwork and advice on how to better build a portfolio for applications for scholarships etc. Digital portfolios are encouraged, with up to ten examples of student work or photographs for 3D work.

"A portfolio is a critical part of an artist's career," Schlanger said. "This review allows the students to receive feedback from experienced faculty so they may apply a better portfolio to scholarships, college admission, and even jobs."

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