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Drawing Intensive and Design Camp for High School Students: Summer Honors Institute Begins Seventh Year at Ohio Northern

May—Art and design is about visualizing ideas. It is everywhere, touching everything we do, everything we see and everything we buy. For high school students wanting to know what goes on in an art and design school, here is your opportunity to learn about the challenging field of art and design.

Art & Design: Think. Know. Do. is a one-week intensive drawing and graphic design camp at Ohio Northern University. The camp is being offered through the Academic Summer Honors Institute program for gifted high school students who are entering their freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior years in the 2011–2012 academic year.

The Art and Design Camp will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of drawing and visual communication. The Drawing Intensive (morning sessions) will reconnect and enhance students’ relationship to the natural world and surrounding environment by developing visual skills and critical thinking through careful observation and classical drawing techniques. The Design sessions (afternoon) will teach students about the design process, the importance of creativity and play, and basic composition skills to solve a community-based response to sustainability and community. The camp’s capstone project will be on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art.

During last year’s Design SHI Camp, an interdisciplinary design course was offered which focused on the design of a recycling plan for Ohio Northern’s campus. “Every year we undertake a new challenge,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, associate professor of art & design. “So students can participate in multiple years.”

To see students from last year’s camp, visit the 2010 photo album.

“Every year our camp participants say that one of the best aspects of the camp is our wonderful and energetic staff,” continued Rowe. “Our camp counselors are all undergraduate students at the Department of Art & Design. They are the best possible ambassadors for their art and design discipline and are eager to share their knowledge with camp participants.”

To be eligible to attend Ohio Northern University’s Summer Honors Institute and the Art and Design Camp, a student must:
• Reside in Ohio;
• Be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2011-2012 school year;
• Be identified as gifted by an Ohio school district or be able to document that he or she meets Ohio gifted identification criteria described in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15.

The Ohio Northern Summer Honors Institute is an academic summer program funded by the Jennings Foundation. Through a grant, Ohio Northern is able to offer many other camps, including the Art and Design Camp.

The cost of ONU’s residential camp is $350 per week ($40 less than last year). A few scholarships are available for financial assistance to cover the camp fee. Space in the Summer Honors Institute is limited. Registration deadline is May 21. To register and for other detailed information regarding Ohio Northern’s Summer Honors Institute, visit the institute’s Web site.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.