‘Creative Kick’ Provides Local Students and Teachers Insights into the Arts


CreativeKickSoutheast Missouri State University’s River Campus and Department of Art recently hosted local area teachers and high school students at “Creative Kick.”

The one-day workshop allowed students and teachers to create a variety of artwork under the guidance of Southeast faculty, staff and students at Southeast’s River Campus, Ceramics Studio and Catapult Creative House.

Eighty-three students and 12 high schools participated, including Advance High School, Bernie High School, Cape Central High School, Chaffee High School, Jackson High School, Kelly High School, New Madrid High School, Perryville High School, Potosi High School, Scott City High School, Scott County Central High School and South Pemiscot High School.

“Each year we bring new ideas and opportunities to the student participants with new workshops,” said Caroline Kahler, chair of Southeast’s Department of Art. “The day provides students with positive reinforcement and instruction. They gain new insights into art making and they enjoy their interaction with a college professor.”

CreativeKick2This year’s workshops included 3-D Drawing, Mixed Media and Collage, Patterns in the Natural World, Digital Lomo Photography, Oodles of Doodles, Framing the Composition and Clay Buffet. Students worked with faculty and Southeast students, and also visited the galleries at the River Campus.

In an effort to bring professional development opportunities to fine arts classroom teachers, the Department of Art and the Department of Music collaborated to provide workshops and informational sessions to local area teachers.

The teachers were treated to a morning at Catapult Creative House, where after a tour of the facility, they were able to participate in one of three workshops of their choice including Accordion Book Making, Printing on the Press or Learning Facts About Apps.

During the afternoon informational sessions, Tom Tobias, director of art education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, presented ways to integrate arts into their programming and how to connect the different disciplines to the arts.