See what it's like to study art at Washburn!

When: Friday, March 31, 2023
Where: Art Building, Washburn University Campus

High School Art Day is a free, day-long event specially designed to introduce high school students interested in art to the faculty, facilities, and features of Washburn University. You'll attend a variety of art workshops taught by Washburn University Art Department faculty and advanced art students, and can enter an art exhibit and competition exclusively for those who attend High School Art Day.

High School Art Day is open to all high school students, but advanced art students who are considering studying art or art education at a public university such as Washburn, would benefit most. 

Art students work on a computer.


See workshops

  • 8 - 9 a.m. – Check In, View Student Exhibit
  • 9 - 9:50 a.m. – Workshop Session 1
  • 10 - 10:50 a.m. – Workshop Session 2
  • 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. – Workshop Session 3
  • 12 - 1 p.m. Lunch and Awards Ceremony (Henderson, Room 100)
    • Please note lunch is not provided.
  • 1 - 1:50 p.m. – Workshop Session 4
  • 2 - 2:50 p.m. – Workshop Session 5
  • 2:50 p.m. – Uninstall Exhibition Artwork to Take Home, Departure

Art Exhibit/Competition winners will be announced during the lunch and awards ceremony. Two students will also win scholarships via a scholarship drawing.

A student smiles while drawing outside.

Student Art Exhibit/Competition

In conjunction with Youth Art Month, the Washburn University Art Department is hosting the High School Student Art Exhibition featuring the work of High School Art Day attendees. The exhibit will take place March 22 to March 31 (exhibit closes 3 p.m. on March 31) in the John R. Adams Gallery, located in the Art Building at 1746 SW Durrow Drive, Topeka, KS. The Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A reception will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Under Pressure: Printing Positive

Pressure prints on the letterpress.  Students create a matrix from cut paper and print on rice paper. Pressure printing creates a positive instead of negative imprint.

Marguerite Perret & Michael Hager, Professors

Photograms and Camera-less Photography 

Students learn about the history of using light sensitive materials to make “photographs” without a camera.

Danielle Head, Professor

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) experience creation is so easy!  Take this workshop for the fun AR interaction creation to share with your friends and family.

Wonjae Lee, Professor

Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality

An immersive experience using VR/MR headsets.  Students will immerse themselves into 3D art creation, immersive games, and other educational entertainment virtual reality sites.

Azyz Sharafy, Professor

Conquest 101

One of the key ways humans have communicated their "right" to rule is through powerful art and architecture, as seen in the medieval art of Christian and Muslim Iberia.

Dr. Kelly Thor, Professor

Wheel Throwing

Always wanted to throw on the potters’ wheel? Now is your chance!  Learn to throw from Bobby Tso. Are you a “throwing pro”? Time to learn some tips!

Bobby Tso, Professor


Paint a watercolor to take home. Use wet-on-wet techniques to paint a 7.5”x11” watercolor landscape.

Ye Wang, Professor

Making Visual Music: Abstract Painting

Inspired by Synchronism and local abstract artist, Rita Blitt, students will visit the Mulvane Art Museum to learn how to create sights out of songs with watercolor paints as visual musicians. 

Jonathan Matteson, Teaching Artist, former Education Curator, Mulvane Art Museum


Woven Wire Dreams

Example of wire sculpture to be built in workshop

Secure, trapped, protected, restrained, boundaries, safe, controlled, out of control…

Where do our dreams take us?  Create a small wire sculpture that illustrates your dream story by random weaving, wrapping and assemblage techniques.

Betsy Roe, Associate Curator and Museum Educator, Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library


Clay Creatures

Sculpt an imaginary, fantastic, or real creature in clay using various modeling techniques.

Twiggy Boden, Adjunct Professor

Art Educator Q & A Round Table Discussion

High School Art Teachers share their thoughts and respond to questions by WU Art Education students. Open to high school students considering a career in art education.

Deena Amont, Professor 

Drawing Jewelry: Colored Pencil on Copper

Example of copper earrings that can be made in this workshop.

Create a pendant or pair of earrings colored with Prismacolor pencils on copper.  You’ll learn or practice blending and layering colors.

Deena Amont, Professor 

Museum Work 101

Do you love art and want to expand your career possibilities beyond being a practicing artist?  Join the Mulvane Art Museum’s Academic Curator for a conversation about museum careers and an activity that will get you seeing and thinking like an exhibition developer.

Sara Stepp, Academic Curator, Mulvane Art Museum

Art Therapy

If you love art and self-expression, art therapy is for you.  This workshop is an introduction to art therapy, careers in art therapy, and it includes a hands-on activity.

Wendy Lynch, LPC, LMAC, ATR-P, Adjunct Professor

Print Your Own T-Shirt!

Design and carve your own foam printing block and print a t-shirt to take home!

Meredith Field, Printmaking BFA Student

Sidewalk Chalk Street Art: Nature Theme

Put together a school team of 3-5 to produce an original work for our chalk art competition! Each artwork should fit our nature theme with a street art style. The finished chalk drawings will be judged, and the winning team will receive a prize!

Art Education BFA Student Team: Adde, Jordyn, Dillan, Sierra, Kelli 

Collaborative Matisse Quilt

Create a collaborative multimedia quilt inspired by Matisse’s Cut-Outs series.

Art Education BFA Student Team: Adde, Jordyn, Dillan

“Telestrations”: Telephone with an Illustration Twist!

Remember the telephone game from childhood? Join us for “telestrations”, a fun combination of the telephone game and illustrations!

Art Education BFA Student Team: Sierra, Kelli 

Mini Trinkets

Join us as we create mini accessories like magnets, jewelry, pins, and more!

Art Education BFA Student Team: Adde, Jordyn, Dillan, Sierra, Kelli

A student works with clay on a coffee cup.
Wire sculpture example that can be built in workshop.


  • You'll have the opportunity to make a sculpture like this in the "Woven Wire Dreams" workshop.
A teacher explains a workshop in front of a group of students at desks.
An example of copper earrings that can be created in one of the workshops.


  • You'll have the opportunity to make jewelry like this in the "Drawing Jewelry: Colored Pencil on Copper" workshop.

Thank you

Thank you for support from Washburn University Admissions and the Ichabod Shop.

Interested in bringing students to Art Day?

Art teachers interested in bringing their students to High School Art Day next year should fill out the 2024 High School Art Day interest form.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Art Department

Art Department
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1125
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

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