FAIRMONT — Mrs. Sarah Wamsley’s Digital Design students taking classes as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and some upper level art students attended an Art, Architecture, and Design Workshop provided by Fairmont State University on their campus Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Students had an opportunity to participate in four different hands-on workshops. The workshops included an art charcoal drawing, graphic design zine booklet project, graphic design color matching game, students watched a live ceramic throwing demonstration, and participated in a gallery walk through/meet with Senior Artists. All of the professors were uplifting, inspiring, and allowed students to take their creations home with them. The ceramics professor and Alumni student/business owner provided in-depth conversation about entrepreneurship and using your skills to open a business and stay in West Virginia. It was a wonderful experience for all students involved.
Students also participated in a presentation/discussion with FSU Admissions. Scholarship opportunities were discussed, and students were encouraged to begin dedicating one hour to scholarship searches, starting their sophomore year. “College is an investment and there are scholarships for everything, it just takes the time to find them.” The Promise Scholarship was a highlight of the discussion, with focus on the importance of trying hard in classes each year of high school including your freshman year, because cumulative GPA is considered for many scholarships and applications. Students were encouraged to find their passion and follow it.