CCHS Students Dive Into UW Art Program
A drawing room still life in the UW Visual Arts Building was used for the 2018 High School Art Intensive last semester.
Photo courtesy of Doug Russell
The High School Art Intensive at the University of Wyoming, now in its 18th year, has become a tradition for art students around the state.
Last October, 13 Campbell County High School students were among the more than 120 students from 11 schools that took part in the program hosted by the Department of Visual and Literary Arts.
CCHS drawing, painting, and portfolios teacher Rede Ballard said not only is it a great recruiting tool for the university, but it gives high schools students a taste of what a college art program would look like.
“The UW High School Art Intensive weekend is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school art students from around the state to visit our department, use our facilities, and work with our exceptional faculty and students,” said Doug Russell, UW associate professor of art.
Ballard said after the experience, students came back “exceptionally motivated.”
He lauded the great relationship between the university art department and local school districts and praised the facility as one of the best in the country.
Many CCHS graduates have gone on to study at the University on scholarship and often end up teaching at the “inreach” event.