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Ti art students make college visit

TICONDEROGA Students in Ticonderoga High Schools drawing and painting class visited Plattsburgh State College Art Department recently to get an inside look at what art at a college level is all about. Peter Russom, chair of the department and professor, personally met with the class and gave it a tour of the art rooms while giving information about college courses, degrees and a critique of student work on display. Russom then gave two individual portfolio reviews of Ticonderogas top advanced art students work while the rest of the class sat in on the evaluation. The class was engaged in the critique in order to better prepare their own portfolios for college entrance. Students were then introduced to Drew Goerlitz, sculpture professor and co-curator of the Sculpture Park Program at Plattsburgh State. In some very chilly air, the 22 students walked the campus to view the new acquisitions as Goerlitz used them as a learning tool. The sculpture studios and the work in progress there equally intrigued the students. The day ended with visits to four of the campus galleries. There was a unique presentation of sculpture by the artist Nina Winkle in the Winkle Sculpture Court, and Peter Russom's 32 pieces of work done during the last 15 years while on sabbatical in Italy were on display in the Burke Gallery. In the library, students met with a docent who gave an in-depth analysis of work by the Adirondack artist Rockwell Kent, and for another twist in art, students studied the college student work on display in the Myers Lobby Gallery. The day proved to enlighten and excite the students about art, careers and pursuing higher education in the field of art, said Marsha LaPointe, Ti art teacher.

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