Art Academy for High School Students Begins Jan. 31


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 6, 2009 — The Department of Art at Southeast Missouri State University is pleased to announce the Spring 2009 Art Academy for high school art students to be held on four Saturday mornings beginning Jan. 31.

The 2009 Art Academy is designed for 9th-12th grade high school students who would like to broaden and enrich their art experiences, realize their personal and contemporary vision, and build their portfolios for the college level. Academy courses will run on four Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31-Feb. 21.

All Art Academy instructors are on the faculty of Southeast’s Department of Art, and the courses will be held in the University’s art studios.

The three course offerings will be:

  • Studio Painting Course-Public Art Painting taught by Emily Booth, MFA. This course will be held in Room 39 of the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus. This course is designed to introduce student artists to public creative expressions as fine art. Student artists will design and paint their own public art piece based on topics they deem important to communicate in a pubic forum. Student artists will create a non-traditional painting that may be placed, with permission, in public venues.  Student artists will examine the question, “What is art?,” challenge previous notions of beauty and investigate the way public creative expressions affect our daily lives.


  • Drawing Course-Drawing Basics for University Bound Students taught by Kathy Smith, MFA. This course will be held in Room 40 of the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus. This course is designed to prepare high school students who wish to pursue drawing at a university level.  No previous art or drawing is required.  Topics to be covered include: blind contour, continuous line, gesture, positive/negative space, structural line analysis, value studies and perspective.


  • Sculpture Course-Three Dimensional Plaster Carving taught by Chris Wubbena, MFA. This course will be held in Serena Room 104. This course is designed to provide the skills needed for investigation into artistic expression, conceptual development and creative problem solving within the area of three-dimensional plaster carving.  The class will focus on skill development, fundamental sculpture techniques, and safety.

The courses will be held on the following Saturday mornings:  Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, and Feb. 21.  The tuition is $100 (supplies are included with the tuition), and the class sizes are limited to 15 students. The enrollment deadline is Jan. 26. Checks should be made payable to Southeast Missouri State University (Art Academy) and sent to “Art Academy, Art Department, MS7825 River Campus, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. To register, please contact Carol Horst at or call (573) 651-2119.