Art Day

Peru State College Art Day – Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come join us on Peru State College’s fifth annual Art Day, an event for high school art students and their teachers! The day provides an opportunity for students to participate in fine arts and graphic design workshops; for teacher participation in a professional workshop with instructional input, guided and independent practice; teacher-led roundtable for addressing standards, curriculum innovations, and assessment approaches; and more!

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Click here for Spring 2022 High School Student Juried Art Exhibition Information

2021 Peru State College Art Day Event Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 – Check in, welcome and meet our guest artist Katrina Swanson in a special artist talk and reception.
9:30 – 11:30
Students / Teachers: – Choose two workshops:
Art Workshop 1 (Fine Art – with guest artist Katrina Swanson)
Art Workshop 2 (3D Design – Sculpture Construction)
Art Workshop 3 (Graphic Design – with guest artist Logan Merz)
Art Workshop 4 (Target, Method, Match Workshop - The Art of Cartooning – with guest artist Paul Fell)

11:30 – 11:50 Meet and greet current Peru State College Art Majors
12:00 – 12:45 Eat on campus at the newly renovated Café for $7.00
12:50 – 1:20 Tour the Art Department with Peru State Art Majors
1:20 – 2:20
Campus Tour

Teacher-lead Roundtable for networking and discussing standards, curriculum, and assessment
3:00 Farewells and Depart for Home

Student Workshop Descriptions


Fine Art Workshop

Photo Realism with Katrina Swanson
Introduction to the artist's process of photo realistic painting.

3D Design Workshop

Sculpture Building with Peru State Students
Introduction to three dimensional design and basic design principles through the construction of large scale sculptures.


Graphic Design Workshop

Logo Art Designing with Logan Merz
Introduction to design fundamentals through the craft of logo designing in Adobe Illustrator.

Teacher Workshop Description


Target, Method, Match Workshop Description

Art of Cartooning
Led by Paul Fell, Nationally recognized Cartoonist and former Peru State Art Faculty
Learn the basics of designing cartoon characters and writing for a 3-4 panel comic strip.

Instructional Input will provide:
Project ideas for
–Using cartoons to give simple directions
–Creating images to illustrate descriptive words and clichés
–Illustrating fairy tales, legend, and poems/song lyrics
–Creating comics based on jokes or humorous quotes

Guided Practice will provide:
Demonstration and hands-on experience of basic cartooning and comic strip writing techniques
–Faces and facial expressions
–Basic geometric forms as a foundation for creating cartoon characters
–Showing motion, emotion, and exaggeration in cartoon
–Telling a comic strip story in 3-4 panels
–Using comic strips to give directions on how to do everyday tasks

Independent Practice will provide:
Sample lessons from the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to spark interdisciplinary activities, projects, and discussions for your students.

Teachers, please note!
–Cartoon Workshop for Teachers will meet the State of Nebraska Fine Arts Standards.

–You will receive a certificate to document your completion of the Teachers’ Workshop.

Please ask your school if your participation will count as professional development credit for your portfolio/tenure.

Teacher’s Roundtable Description

In this teacher-lead networking session, share ideas on how best to address the State of Nebraska Fine Arts Standards, innovations in curriculum, and approaches to assessment.


Spring 2022 High School Student Juried Art Exhibition Reception - Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Submissions are welcome from all freshman – senior high school art students. Each student is allowed three submissions. Your art work may have been created either for a class or independently, but must have been completed during your high school career. All submissions are free.
Each student is allowed up to three submissions (either 2D, 3D or Digital).

Categories include:

Graphic Design
3D (includes Sculpture and Ceramics)

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Please note! For your 2D or 3D submission to be accepted in the Art Day Exhibition, it MUST fit the following criteria:

2D Work (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Photography)

–Matted with gray or black board –or— framed with glass/plexiglass
–No longer than 30” horizontally or vertically
–Back must be wired and ready to hang


3D Work (includes Sculpture and Ceramics)

–No larger than 24” in any direction

Include the following information on the back of 2D work or on 3D work:
First and last name
High school
Name of High school art teacher
High school art teacher’s email
Title of work
Year work was completed

Juried Art Exhibition Awards:

Grand Prize: 1/2 tuition covered for first year (approximately $3,200 Scholarship) for in-coming freshman art major/minor
2nd Place:
$2,000 Scholarship for in-coming freshman art major/minor
3rd Place:
$1,500 Scholarship for in-coming freshman art major/minor


Paul Fell, Nationally recognized Cartoonist and former Peru State Art Faculty
Susan Moore, Peru State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art
Ken Curtis, Peru State College Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Please note! Students attending the reception will collect their art work to take home after the Art Day Juried Awards Ceremony.

Directions to Peru State College

From Omaha/Nebraska City:
Take US-75 S to NE-67 S (turn left)
Take NE-67 S to NE-64 G Spur (turn left)
Continue on Park Ave
Park in commuter/visitor lot across from Art building, AV Larson,
brick building just south of the Little Red School House