PSJ students receive scholarships for summer art workshops


Participating artists included (back row, L-R) Caroline Rish, Ana Paul, Isabel Bogaert, Chloe Burke (front row, L-R) Sophia Harrison, Alex Nunez, Valerie Odum, Kristen Dunham, Kerigan Pickett. Rish and Nunez received scholarships for a week-long summer workshop at SCAD in Atlanta.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:24 AM.

May’s First Friday event welcomed not only its normal crowd of revelers and local musicians, but also an art showcase from students at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

Among the eight students showcasing work inside the Port Inn, two of them, sophomores Caroline Rish and Alex Nunez, received scholarships to attend workshops at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) during the last week of July.

The full scholarships were provided by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC) in conjunction with the Plein Air Paint Out event, currently in full swing in Gulf County and surrounding areas.

The SCAD Summer Seminars offer workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years. While attending, students live on campus, learn from professors and have the opportunity to gain an educational experience while developing their creative visions through art and design projects. Students attend two workshops each day followed by a trip to a local museum or art installation in the evening. The end of the session will be celebrated with a closing exhibition of student work created during the workshop.

“I look forward to sharpening my skills and learning new ones,” said Rish. “SCAD is such a well-known college and I hope it helps me to become more known to get my work out there.”

Rish said she was particularly looking forward to a specialized watercolor class, a medium she has used to paint the Indian Pass Raw Bar and the First Methodist Church, while Nunez said she was excited to take a course centered on acrylics. Each student will also take a figure drawing class to challenge their skills.

“SCAD is a good school with good workshops,” said Nunez. “It’s going to be a great experience—I’ve never done anything like it.”

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