CSU, Chico News

Turner Summer Art Academy Underway Now

Date: 07-28-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Teresa Cotner
Department of Art and Art History

The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University, Chico is hosting its seventh annual Summer Art Academy now through August 6. The academy provides art instruction in several mediums for students from seven years old to adults who want to have an art-immersion experience.

The academy is organized and run each year by members of the Janet Turner Board of Directors, the CSU, Chico Department of Art and Art History faculty and its students, and other members of the community. Barbara Morris, from the JTP Museum, directed the academy for its first six years. Teresa Cotner, a professor of art education, is co-directing it this year.

Academy participants are divided into two groups, juniors (ages 7–11) and seniors (age 12¬¬ to adult). CSU, Chico students teach most of the lessons under the guidance of Barbara Morris, president of the Janet Turner board of directors and art faculty members Eileen MacDonald, printmaking; Michael Murphy, ceramics; and Teresa Cotner, art education. Guest teachers from the Chico community also teach some lessons.

During classes this week, junior and senior students work with many three-dimensional media such as clay, glass and papier maché, and also draw, paint and experience printmaking.

Next week, the seniors will draw, paint, take photographs, silkscreen and etch. The work from these sessions will be displayed for an hour on Thursday, July 30 and Thursday, August 6, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the museum.

“Through this experience, participants are exposed to arts practices that are contemporary, and CSU, Chico art students become teachers and teach what they know best, which is art and creativity,” said Cotner. “The teachers and board members have an opportunity to give back to the community and have fun working with young people.”

This year, said Cotner, the junior session will create a 6-foot-tall collaborative drawing called “Exquisite Corps”; the seniors will create a 4 foot x 16 foot mural; and both groups will work collaboratively on a giant shoe sculpture made out of old shoes.

There are still openings for next week’s senior session. Call Diane Suschil, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, 530-898-5351, for registration information.