Roots n Blues mural

Courtesy of the Columbia Daily Tribune

Last week, Columbia College hosted the Summer Arts Intensive, a weeklong art workshop for high school students that allows them the opportunity to study with top artists, designers and college professors. The students created a 24-foot-long mural that will be displayed at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in late September.

Read more about the mural here: “Students paint artwork for Roots N Blues festival”Columbia Daily Tribune

Each student participating in the Summer Arts Intensive workshop selected two courses, one of which was taught in the morning and another taught in the afternoon. The college also offered a residential option for the students to stay overnight. The residential students had an additional workshop in the evening, and they worked on creating the mural for Roots N Blues.

Here’s a look at the courses the students could choose from:

Instructed by Sharyn Hyatt-Wade, former high school art teacher
Discover your personal aesthetic through playful explorations of a range of drawing and painting media and process before launching into a redonkulous self-portrait!

Graphic Design
Instructed by Danielle Langdon, assistant professor of art at Columbia College
Emphasis in this course will be placed on creative problem solving using typography, illustration and color. The class will take place in the Mac computer lab and will utilize Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Students will also learn how to print and produce their designs.

Instructed by Scott McMahon, assistant professor of art at Columbia College
Students will learn how to use their digital cameras, work in Photoshop and experiment with a variety of historic and alternative printing processes. We will explore lighting, composition and an array of subject matter as new and old processes come together.

Instructed by Bo Bedillion, assistant professor of art at Columbia College
Experience the process involved in creating a litho-type print from your own imagery designed in class. Explore the various possibilities and surprises generated from printing a Pronto Plate.

Instructed by Kenny Greene, Columbia College instructor and owner of Monarch Jewelry
Students will explore the design and creation of personal jewelry forms using traditional fabrication techniques. They will investigate an array of tools and learn the vocabulary of jewelry making.

Mural for Roots N Blues
Lead by Lisa Bartlett, owner of ARTlandish Gallery
Students selecting the residential option will be using a variety of artistic techniques to create a large mural, which will be displayed at the 2014 Roots N Blues festival.