Will serve students in Lee and Owsley counties
MOREHEAD, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2015) — The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts has partnered with Morehead State University and the Kentucky Folk Art Center to provide hands-on visual art and instrumental music workshops to Lee and Owsley county middle and high school students.
The Rising Artist Group initiative brings GSA faculty, MSU faculty and students together to provide one-on-one instruction to students in Lee and Owsley counties over the course of three school visits. During the visits, students spend the day working intensely in their art form.
“We approached MSU last spring regarding the collaboration,” said GSA executive Director Carrie Nath. “GSA is going into its 29th year and we typically send recruiters to schools where we haven’t seen applications from in the past three years. When we are looking through applications, not only do we look at the level at which students are working, but we also take a look at their willingness to learn, their passion for their art form and what they believe they can bring to the program.”
Dr. Jeanne Petsch is interim chair of the Department of Art and Design at MSU.
“This is a meaningful and unique opportunity for MSU art education and music students to work with other middle and high school students from around the region,” Petsch said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to build connections with other educators, and they are also able to count these hours as level – three field experiences.”
The collaboration is also unique, as it provides resources for the students involved to build upon what they are learning in-between visits.
“The work we are doing and the way students are responding is invigorating,” said Dr. Scott McBride, dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at MSU. “MSU students are using a web-based interactive system, Collabra, to provide distance learning instruction to Lee and Owsley students. The software allows these students to have the experience of receiving private lessons and they are interacting with MSU student-instructors on a weekly basis.”
Lee and Owsley teachers are also provided with resources and lesson plans to utilize with their students as they are preparing for the next school visit.
To learn more about MSU’s collaboration with GSA contact Dr. Scott McBride at [email protected].