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Students sometimes end up abandoning one medium for another during the term, and Robideau said he swapped out pencil for charcoal to increase contrast. “It turned out to be the best,” he said.
Malecha described Norrie as “a mentor but not a mom,” he said. “She doesn’t hold your hand, but she’s definitely there when you need her, and she will give you her honest opinion.”
At the upcoming show, each student will display six pieces. “I’ve kind of grown with my medium, and I think a lot of other people have as well,” Malecha said. “So I think it will be interesting to see.”
Henry Jokela, 18, who does vibrant, surreal landscapes, joked that one thing excited him about the show: “money.”
Like all true professionals, their pieces will be for sale.
“They really get the feel of what it’s like to be a professional artist,” Norrie said. “It’s really fun for them to feel that community and spirit around them to help them grow.”
Liz Rolfsmeier is a freelance writer.