High schoolers visit Murray State for writing, singing and art camps

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University College of Humanities and Fine Arts hosted its 2019 Creative Arts Workshops (CAW) program from June 9-15, bringing 75 young artists from six states on campus to participate in writing, singing and art camps taught by University faculty.

These fast-paced and exciting workshops are designed for incoming 9–12th grade high school students. They challenge and educate campers who are interested in the arts, with students working on daily assignments while living in the residential halls and dining on campus. On the last day of camp, campers demonstrated their projects, ranging from musical performances, readings and art displays.

Associate English professor Dr. Jeff Osborne’s Purchase Area Writer’s Workshop featured guided readings and spirited discussion on classic literature such as “Beowulf” to modern favorites, including “The Hunger Games.”

Art instructor Ann Gosser’s Summer Art Workshop offered students a chance to work with various visual media. This year, the workshop featured plaster casting, relief printmaking, animation and bookbinding, painting and much more.

Assistant professor of music Dr. Maribeth Crawford’s Vocal Arts Camp was designed to help students find their voice in solo singing. Through a combination of voice lessons, acting classes and musicianship training, Crawford’s methods encouraged students to explore their creativity and performance methods in preparation for a capstone recital given at the end of camp.

“The CAW camps were exceptional, filled with engaging classes and activities taught by our dedicated faculty at Murray State University,” said Nicole Hand, assistant dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. “They learned new skills and techniques that were showcased in final reading, critiques, and performances. This was a talented group of students that became an exciting part of Murray State’s campus for a week.”

Photo: Associate English professor Dr. Jeff Osborne’s Purchase Area Writer’s Workshop featured guided readings and spirited discussion on classic literature from “Beowulf” to modern favorites, including “The Hunger Games.” Pictured are students in this year’s workshop, one of three camps offered at this year’s Creative Arts Workshops program.

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