Young Artists Find Inspiration During Hands-On Event at MWSU

By Bridget Blevins |

Published 10/10 2013 03:49PM

Updated 10/10 2013 10:46PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) How different might your career path have been if you would have actually tried it out before you took the job?

Hundreds of high school students got that opportunity Thursday during a unique event at Missouri Western State University.

The sidewalks filled with chalk artists and other buildings with photographers and those interested in ceramics.

They came from all over to attend Visual Arts Day at Missouri Western.

"It's just a great way for the students to come share their artwork," said Eric Fuson, MWSU Art Instructor.

One classroom even featured a 3 for 3 challenge: three minutes plus three pounds of clay. And, the race was on to create a vessel as tall and as wide as they could while the clock was ticking.

Some students picked it up easily, while others struggled. The whole idea is to give it a shot, and maybe decide to choose a career in art.

"You never know if you're good at something until you try it. There are a lot of high schools that don't have the money for a very expensive wheel like we have here. Even an average wheel is super expensive," said Sarah Gibler, MWSU student.

That's where Visual Arts Day comes in, offering multiple options to see and feel.

"One school may be strong in photography, another one strong in ceramics. It's just great for them to come back and go, 'maybe I'd like to do that too,'" added Fuson.

Fuson says art is everywhere and the career options are endless. And, he hopes this opportunity gives students a better look at what their future might hold.

"Arts are alive and well," he said. "They're thriving. When we hear about economies doing this and that, all the while art is there. It just makes life a little more livable."

Students came from as far away as Topeka for the event. Around 900 attended this year, which more than doubles the amount from last year, the first year for the event.

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