Chadron State College’s annual Art Day was held in Memorial Hall, Monday.
Art Day is held for high school students in the surrounding area who have an interest in art. It gives them the chance to take classes from CSC students and staff.
Students attend a total of three courses throughout the day, with courses being offered in graphic design, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, photography, crafts, mixed media and pictograph scramble.
About 150 students were in attendance from 17 different high schools in the surrounding area.
“It’s probably one of our biggest recruiting tools,” Mary Donahue, CSC Art Professor, said. “They got to get to see what it’s like to be in college, with the art studios, and some of the things they might be doing, and to get them interested in different mediums of art.”
When the students first arrive, they receive a name tag with a certain color on it that determines which courses they will be attending depending on which color group they are placed in.
Many high school students find out about Art Day through their art teachers at their schools.
“I want to major in graphic design when I go to college so, I thought it would be good to come here.” Margaret Hoff, a junior of Alliance High School said.
“I want to get a bachelor’s degree in Digital Art Animation so, I thought it would be a good idea to come here,” Reese Megli, a junior from Alliance High School, said. “The class that I’m most excited to take today is the drawing class.”
T-shirts were also given to the high school students who attended. The design for the t-shirt was created in Mary Donahue’s graphic design class by CSC students. The designs were hung up in Memorial Hall and whoever’s design got the most votes was the design that they put on this year’s t-shirt.
“Art day is a great team effort by our art faculty, Laura Bentz, Trudy Denham and I, and our office assistant Jessica Humphrey and all of our art students,” Donahue said.