Summer workshop to teach art and technical skills to Westmoreland high school students

A summer workshop will aim to expand the STEM-related knowledge of creative high school students in Westmoreland and parts of Fayette Counties.

From June through August, ArtTEK will be offering classes focused on videography, 3D printing, and more at 462 W. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant.

In its first year, the program will be open to students entering ninth grade through the end of 12th grade. Classes, which are limited to 15 people each, will cost between $75 and $300, although some scholarships are available.

Organizers see the workshop as an opportunity for participants to meet students from neighboring school districts, learn to work in teams, and develop and understand how science, technology, and art can work together.

Pre-registration is compulsory and interested students can register up to four days before the start of the course.

The following courses are open to students:

  • Business of Art: Students will learn about local businesses and “what it takes” to succeed in Hollywood. Classes start mid-July.
  • Videography: Students will produce footage for broadcast on local television stations. Classes begin July 12.
  • 3D Printing: Students will build and maintain their own 3D printers. Classes begin June 13.
  • Holography: Students will learn how to create functional holograms. Classes begin July 25.

River Art Works, a Westmoreland-based art retreat, will host the program. Jane Altman, the founder of River Art Works, said ArtTEK will prepare students for future courses and jobs.

“It’s great preparation for any schooling (students) want to go,” Altman said. “…Our students are just as capable as any other student, we just have to provide them with opportunities.”

Programs like ArtTEK aim to reverse the counties’ declining youth populations and bring children “up to speed” with current jobs and technologies, Altman said. Although many high school students are told they can’t succeed in art-related careers, Altman believes that more and more STEM-related jobs require artistic skills.

“It’s the era of the financially successful artist,” Altman said. “Everything that technology brings requires creative people.”

Altman envisions that one day ArtTEK could also become an after-school program.

Those interested in the summer program can complete an application on the River Art Works website.

Maddie Aiken is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Maddie by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .