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Teens Get Advanced Art Instruction at CSUF

Ryman Arts Program Completing First 12-Week Session

March 19, 2013

Matthew Low meticulously drew a skull, complete with shadow, for his final project as a student in Ryman Arts at Cal State Fullerton.
“For this assignment, I’m learning about color theory, textures and proportions,” the 17-year-old Loara High School senior of Anaheim said between pencil strokes. “I’ve never learned this before in other art classes. This is a great program.”
Ryman Arts, an arts education program that fosters the development of talented young artists throughout Southern California, is collaborating with CSUF to offer free, advanced studio art instruction to 51 area high school students who are serious enough about a future in art to sign up for 3 and 1/2 hours of instruction each week of three 12-week sessions.
Joe Arnold, dean of CSUF’s College of the Arts, said that once he learned about Ryman Arts’ mission, “I knew we had to bring the program to Cal State Fullerton.”

“The effect the program has on young people’s lives is extraordinary,” Arnold said. “Many of these young people have no idea that a college degree is within their grasp and that they can actually forge a successful career in the visual arts. Having the program here on this campus is a great public service. It’s just a win-win situation all around,” said Arnold, adding that he hopes the collaboration with Ryman Arts will help the College of the Arts develop a pipeline for future applicants.

As part of the partnership, CSUF provides the use of its classroom art studios and coordinates tours, presentations and other public activities with Ryman Arts, and CSUF art majors volunteer with the program.

The competitive program is open to all high school students, said Diane Brigham, executive director of Ryman Arts. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is June 7, and 90 students are expected to be accepted. More information is available online.

Emily Oetzell, a freshman art major who opes to become an animation artist, attended the Ryman Arts program in Los Angeles before applying to CSUF.  
“When I was in Ryman Arts, we didn’t just learn how to draw,” Oetzell said. “The teachers really care about teaching their students, and we went on field trips. We learned about jobs we could get as artists, and they even offered us internships and opportunities to apply for scholarships and art contests.”

The Orange County public’s next opportunity to experience the Ryman Arts program is “Discover Ryman Arts Day” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at CSUF’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Ryman Arts artists will be leading art workshops, and the first 20 teenagers to sign up will be offered the opportunity to take part in three more Ryman workshops at GCAC. For more information, call 213-629-2787.

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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