Seventeen Girard art students went to Pittsburg State University to better their understanding of art and of the PSU Art Department Nov. 18.

Seventeen Girard art students went to Pittsburg State University to better their understanding of art and of the PSU Art Department Nov. 18.

Students listened to two lectures, took artwork to enter into a competition, and competed in a sidewalk chalk contest.

Upon arrival, they entered their pieces into a competition and went outside to begin the sidewalk chalk contest.

Over a dozen groups consisting of ten or fewer students were given a category of surrealism to draw on the sidewalk.

One group from Girard, consisting of Florencia De Petris, Samantha Henderson, Karley Kindberg, Sydney Kindberg, Courtney Page, Sirin Satthatip, and Alexis Thomason, drew the largest picture out of everyone. The massive drawing took up nine sidewalk blocks.

Regarding the drawing, Sydney Kindberg said, “The sidewalk chalk competition was a great idea from Pitt State. It was really fun, and I had a great time drawing on the sidewalk with my classmates.”

After the chalk competition, students listened to a lecture given by Corey Hine, a designer at Hallmark in Kansas City. He is a PSU alumnus who majored in graphic design and minored in fine art.

Hine showed many of his paintings and pictures in a PowerPoint.

After he spoke, students went to a lunch break in the PSU cafeteria.

Once lunch was over, students listened to another lecture by Professor Marjorie Schick of the Art Department. While giving her lecture, she showed select pieces of her artwork in a PowerPoint presentation.

Mrs. Schick’s work has been included in numerous art books, featured in national and international solo exhibits, and displayed around the world in several museums.

Regarding the lecture, Madalyn Smith said, “Mrs. Schick’s work was amazing. I really liked her necklaces, wooden neckties, and use of color. It was awesome to listen to a lecture from a world-renowned artist.”

After listening to her lecture, students were given a tour of the Art Department by college art students.

At the end of the day, awards were given for the art pieces entered into the contest.

Zane Baton won third in the 3D category, Madalyn Smith won Honorable Mention in the 3D category, and Sarah Valentine won Honorable Mention in the photography category.

Regarding the visit, GHS art instructor Nicole Meyer said, “I was very impressed with the way Pitt State organized an informative and educational day for the students. They had a great experience.”