Annual art symposium welcomes high schoolers

On April 7 and 21, Chemeketa’s Salem campus was filled with the creative energy of future arts professionals at the annual College Level Art Symposium.

Now in its third year, the Art Symposium has grown to include nearly 100 students from Sprague, McKay, North Salem, North Marion, Cascade and North Santiam high schools. This is expected to increase again next year.

The symposium’s goal is to teach potential art majors about college-level art instruction while showcasing the offerings of Chemeketa’s Visual and Performing Arts Program.

When unexpected wind storms and power outages threatened the April 7 symposium, quick thinking from Chemeketa employees and visiting high school teachers made magic happen. All activities were moved to Building 2, the only facility with power, and students enjoyed their choice between figure drawing, Dada improvisation games and photo transfer workshops.

The April 21 event went off without a hitch and additional offerings included B&W darkroom printing, raku pottery, monotypes, bookmaking and glass workshops.

Line in glass
Students take a line in glass lesson with Lynda Barrett


Bookmaking workshop
Bookmaking workshop with Kay Bunnenberg Boehmer


Raku pottery workshop
Raku pottery before and after