McPherson High School art students Shelby Huber, Allie Miller and Graham Krizek, along with art instructor Bethany alumna Jennifer Margres, attended Bethany College Art Studio Workshop Day at Mingenback Art Center.
Thirty-six high school art students from 13 schools in Kansas participated in the October 19 event.
Students took a day-long, college-level art class with Bethany faculty, assisted by Bethany undergraduate art teaching assistants. The visitors explored materials and content and participated in critiques. Workshops offered included twisted wire jewelry with Caroline Kahler, charcoal drawing with Frank Shaw and cast aluminum sculpture with Ed Pogue.
High school teachers in attendance spent the morning on touring Lester Raymer’s Red Barn Studio in downtown Lindsborg and the afternoon collaborating on lesson plan ideas.
Bethany College offers bachelor’s degrees in studio art, art education, art therapy and art administration. In addition, all students choose at least one of the following areas of concentration: ceramics, drawing, painting or sculpture.
Bethany College art education graduates have a 100 percent employment record for all who have applied for teaching positions. Graduates in art therapy have a 100 percent placement record in acceptance to graduate schools nationwide.
The art department is housed in Mingenback Art Center, designed specifically for the visual arts. The art center includes a centrally-located gallery that provides students with opportunities for group exhibits and individual senior shows as well as visiting artist exhibits and lectures.