BY SCARLETT ANTHONY OCTOBER 31 2014
Students make their college choice based on a variety of reasons. For a few students at Rose, the college’s art program is the deciding factor.
Senior Kelsey Marlowe has had a passion for art since she was little and wants to pursue a career in art education.
“I want to become a K-12 art teacher so I need to attend a school with a good art program,” Marlowe said.
Many colleges that are not specifically art schools have good art programs that have a lot to offer.
“I want to go to UNC Asheville because I like their art program, but they also have other majors such as Psychology that I could get if art did not work out,” Marlowe said.
Other students have their hearts set on only art schools around the country.
“I would really like to go to an arts school even if I have to go out of state,” senior Aleshya Meyers said.
Both scenarios require a portfolio encompassing works of art they have made to show to colleges. Each student has a concentration that they focus on in class and at home throughout high school.
“My concentration is landscaping so I have made paintings and drawings of different landscapes since 10th grade to put in it,” Marlowe said.
Fine arts classes include many different styles of work. Marlowe prefers oil painting, but Meyers’ passion is different.
“I have always enjoyed drawing and sketching, but I have recently become interested in animations and cartoons,” Meyers said.
Some schools require students to complete “challenges” in certain categories in order to see their current abilities.
“Many of the animations and cartoons that I have drawn have been for my challenges, so I have a wide range of subjects in my drawings,” Meyers said.
They each have gotten feedback over the years from their teachers and friends that have helped them improve.
“Of course I could look at my own work and decide whether it was good or not, but I have always relied on the people around me to give me feedback and advice to help me get better,” Meyers said.
Every art student’s passion is different, but there’s a perfect college match for everyone.