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Feb 05
MCC art students lead homeschoolers in design fundamentals project

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Four McCook Community College art students took charge of teaching 18 area home students Friday by leading them in projects and activities based on the current exhibition in the Wrightstone Fine Arts Gallery –  "Fundamentals of Design."

This exhibit, which runs through the end of the month, is on loan from the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) in Kearney.

These four MCC sophomores in the portfolio class, are on pace to receive their Associates of Fine Arts Degree in May, and teaching experience is part of the requirements to earn this degree.

"This gives our students another important perspective to their education and that is to shift from student to teacher and lead discussion and activities aimed at learning art fundamentals," MCC Art Instructor Rick Johnson said.

One of the projects was introducing the concept of additional dimensions to art. In one project, students traced their arm and hand and by using a repeating pattern of lines and curves, produced art which looked like the hand was lifting off the pages. Students also learned about the addition of lines to simple block lettering to add dimension to art.

MCC sophomores leading the home schoolers included: Elizabeth Schutz, Tatiana Young, Jacy Ahlemeyer and Mary Kain.

The exhibit helps expose students to the general elements and principles of design including: line, color, texture, balance, emphasis, and rhythm. It also helps give college, high school and elementary students the opportunity to analyze career paths within the housing, interiors, and furnishing industry; to evaluate housing design concepts in relation to available resources and options; and to apply the principles and elements of design. He also hopes this exhibit will help those who see this exhibit analyze the psychological impact that the principles and elements of design have on the individual as well as for aesthetics and function.

This exhibition is on campus through March 1 and is open to the public and free of charge. The Wrightstone Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m Monday through Friday and Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9:30 p.m.

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Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​