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A project completed by students during the High School Arts Academy.

The twelfth annual High School Arts Academy at UT gave eighty students from thirty East Tennessee schools an opportunity to study visual arts in a university setting last month.

Student participants enrolled in a workshop of their choice: ceramics, layered books, video, watercolor, photo/collage, printmaking, drawing, or improv design. All workshops were taught by School of Art professors.

In addition to the workshops, participants also viewed the current UT student exhibit in the Ewing Gallery, and at the end of the day, they visited the other workshops to see their peers’ creations.

Although spring break in several public school systems hindered attendance, Marcia Goldenstein, the academy’s organizer and a professor in the School of Art, considered this year’s academy a hit.

A student works on a water color portrait during the academy.

“The event was such a success,” Goldenstein said. “Many of high school teachers also came to the academy, and their comments about how valuable the UT High School Arts Academy is for their students means the world to us.”

Area high schools that participated in the 2013 UT High School Arts Academy included Anderson County High School, Clinton High School, and Oak Ridge High School in Anderson County; Heritage High School in Blount County; Elizabethton High School in Carter County; Chuckey-Doak High School, North Greene High School, and West Greene High School in Greene County; Morristown East High School in Hamblen County; Collegedale Academy in Hamilton County; Bearden High School, Carter High School, Central High School, Farragut High School, Gibbs High School, Halls High School, Hardin Valley Academy, L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville Catholic High School, Powell High School, Tennessee School for the Deaf, Webb School of Knoxville, and West High School in Knox County; Greenback High School and Lenoir City High School in Loudon County; Kings Academy and Sevier County High School in Sevier County; Sullivan Central High School in Sullivan County; Unicoi County High School in Unicoi County; and David Crockett High School in Washington County.