Perry’s young designers get lessons from ISU art professor

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Parents, participants, facilitators and faculty at Wednesday's ISU Design College Workshop in Perry included, from left, Sara Dowd of Perry, Aleah Karolus, 6, of Perry, Dave Karolus of Perry, Connie Cleek of Perry, Sara Dowd of Perry, Iowa State University Art Professor Jennifer Drinkwater, Andrew Dowd, 12, of Perry, jaylene Karolus, 10, of Perry, Dalton Cleek, 12, of Perry, and Katelyn McGee, 15, of Perry.

Half a dozen aspiring young designers from Perry attended Wednesday’s ExploreDesign! workshop at the TownCraft Center in Perry.The summer youth program immersed middle school and high school students in the world of art.

Jennifer Drinkwater, ISU art professor, led the day-long event, which was sponsored by the Iowa State University College of Design, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Dallas County Extension. The workshop explored the artistic themes of pattern, identity, sculpture and product design using graffiti and typography.

“This is an excellent way for young people to broaden their conception of art and design,” Drinkwater said. “They begin to grasp just how much of our world is designed, and it encourages them to think creatively about their own places as designers of their worlds.”

Participants worked with a wide variety of materials and techniques.

“It’s a lot of fun so far,” said Dalton Cleek, 12, of Perry, one of the participants.

Drinkwater also led the Steamroller Art project in Perry in May, and she has an ongoing exhibition of her art in the Cellar of La Poste, 1219 Warford St. in Perry.

Parents, participants, facilitators and faculty at Wednesday's ISU Design College Workshop in Perry included, from left, Jeff Macomber, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach youth programs specialist; Connie Cleek of Perry, Sara Dowd of Perry, Andrew Dowd, 12, of Perry, Iowa State University art professor Jennifer Drinkwater, Katelyn McGee, 15, of Perry and Dalton Cleek, 12, of Perry.
Parents, participants, facilitators and faculty at Wednesday’s ISU Design College Workshop in Perry included, from left, Jeff Macomber, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach youth programs specialist; Connie Cleek of Perry, Sara Dowd of Perry, Andrew Dowd, 12, of Perry, Iowa State University art professor Jennifer Drinkwater, Katelyn McGee, 15, of Perry and Dalton Cleek, 12, of Perry.

 

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