STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State's inaugural In-Vision art camp recently demonstrated that summer activities can play a pivotal role in helping students select a career path later on.
Members of the art department faculty introduced high school students and new high school graduates to the university fine arts program. They led participants in activities involving watercolor painting, types of printmaking, comic strip illustration, drawing and sculpture.
"We wanted to introduce the students to media they may not have worked with in their high school classes, but actually form the foundation of our program here at the university," said lecturer Lori Neuenfeldt, coordinator for the department's Visual Art Center Gallery.
Also designed to provide a feel for collegiate life, the camp housed the students in a residence hall and provided meals in the Colvard Student Union and Marketplace at Perry cafeteria.
"The students were able to interact with MSU students, faculty and professionals in the field of fine arts," Neuenfeldt said. "They got to see there are many opportunities to use a fine arts degree in the real world."
Part of MSU's College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department offers seven areas of study or emphasis: ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.