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MSU College of Arts and Architecture schedules free Art Saturdays for middle-schoolers

February 5, 2014

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Four free creative workshops geared to students in middle school will be offered on Saturdays in March as part of the Montana State University President's Fine Arts Series.

Art Saturdays, hands-on workshops for students in grades 6-8,  will be taught by faculty and students from the College of Arts and Architecture in celebration of the fine arts series, which this year is called "Art Matters." All of the workshops will be held from 9 a.m. - noon on the MSU campus.

"All of the workshops are designed to engage our community's youth in creative thinking and the joy of artistic expression," said Nancy Cornwell, dean of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture, which is sponsoring the events.  "Through these hands-on workshops, students will experience why ArtMatters."

“Making Music” will be taught on March 1 by Greg Young, interim director of the MSU School of Music and a clarinetist, and Bill Clinton, woodworking instructor in the School of Architecture, as well as a musician. In this School of Music instrument-building workshop, students will learn how to build instruments from recycled materials. The workshop will be held in room 108 of Cheever Hall.

“Building for Your Future” will also be held on March 1. Taught by members of the MSU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture students, workshop participants will learn architectural principles from a skyscraper building activity.  The hands-on workshop will also include a scavenger hunt around campus looking for architectural styles and building types. The class will be held at 214 Cheever Hall.

“Photo Scavenger Hunt” will be held March 22. Taught by MSU photo students and Alexis Pike, professor in the School of Film and Photography, students will participate in a scavenger hunt in which they are given themes for photos and then instructed to go out and take photos that capture those themes.  Workshop instructors will work with the students to produce final prints of their work.   The workshop will be held in room 148 of the Visual Communications Building, located on the corner of 11th and Grant.

“Rock Stretching 101,” a ceramics workshop, also will be held March 22.  Taught by Dean Adams, professor of ceramics, students will explore ceramic production. The workshop will be held in room 108 Haynes Hall.

Space in each workshop is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged. Call 994-6654 for more information or to register for a workshop.


JoDee Palin (406) 994-4406,