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NC State brings design workshop to Jordan-Matthews students

Posted Monday, October 10, 2005

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Siler City, NC - Five seniors from the North Carolina State University College of Design conducted a free design workshop at Jordan-Matthews High School on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 am until 2:30 p.m. Twenty-eight students from Jordan-Matthews participated. The workshop exposed the high school students to college level thinking and allowed them to interact with College of Design seniors.

The primary goal of the experience was to expose the high school students to the College of Design and college in general. All were either upper level drafting students of Michelle Wallace or upper level art students of June Arthurs.

The Chatham County GEAR UP NC program coordinated the session with the NC State students and sponsored lunch for the participants. Jay Palmer, GEAR UP NC coordinator, works with students countywide in grades 8-12 to encourage students to pursue post-secondary education. Through campus visits and career counseling, Palmer helps students become more knowledgeable about college and financial aid opportunities. Another focus of his work is to support student academic achievement while in high school to prepare for opportunities after graduation.

The workshop condensed the entire first year of design school curriculum into a single workshop. Each student was given a prepared bag that contained art supplies, a sketch pad, and a NCSU College of Design t-shirt.

In the initial project, students were given everyday household items like soap, dental floss, marbles, oven mits, and matchboxes. They had to brainstorm a minimum of thirty-five new ways to use their product. Students then worked with paints to create a design that incorporated both happy and sad faces. During the afternoon session students created wire sculptures and critiqued the ideas and work products of fellow students.

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