Columbia College summer art workshop

All high school students invited to study with the best July 11-15 and 18-22.

This summer, Columbia College is the destination for high school students who want to soar in their artistic field with Columbia College's fourth annual summer art workshop. The workshops start on July 11 and run through July 15, then resume July 18 and run through July 22.

Registration deadline is June 3. You may register your child at

Students will be studying with such top artists as:
  • David Spear, Columbia, Mo.'s resident muralist genius, who will be teaching beginning and advanced painting
  • Paula Kientzel, MFA, beginning drawing
  • Jane Mudd, William Woods Art Department, advanced drawing
  • Mike Sleadd, Columbia College associate professor and chair of the art department who also wields a mean pen in his pen and ink drawings, graphic design and illustration
  • James Downey, owner of Legacy Bookworks, book arts and an introduction to the very fine art of bookmaking.
New classes this summer include ceramics, which will include processing your own clay and building a kiln, taught by the newest Columbia College art instructor, Bo Bedilion; and puppetry. In the puppetry class, taught by veteran puppeteer and storyteller April Karlovit, each student will design their own marionette and have the opportunity to put on a puppet show.

Students will select two courses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The workshops conclude with a student exhibition and reception in the Sidney Larson Gallery of Brown Hall July 22 at 4 p.m. All parents and students' families are invited.

"This year we have some exciting new courses and instructors," said Sleadd. "High school students will come away with a greater understanding of their craft or specialty -- and an appreciation of the hard work that being a good artist requires."

The cost of the workshop is $285 and includes all lunches, snacks and art materials. Students taking the digital photography course must have their own cameras, however.