FHS students’ art on display in local businesses

Advanced studio class works with community

Farmington advanced studio art students shared their artwork with area businesses including this one at Caribou Coffee in Lakeville.

Farmington advanced studio art students shared their artwork with area businesses including this one at Caribou Coffee in Lakeville.

In advanced high school classes, students are supposed to think outside the walls of high school.

Advanced studio art in Farmington, which was added this year for students who plan to study art post-secondary, got creative this fall. Teacher Dawn Cherwinka devised a plan to get her students’ art exposed while working with area businesses.

One class requirement is to give back their talent to the community by having art work displayed in a business. The idea is, if you want to make a living creating artwork, exposure is key. Students worked with area businesses to display their best work.

It wasn’t easy, but preparing students for life beyond high school often comes tougher life lessons.

“The Community Art Project was a great challenge for some students,” Cherwinka said. “Its purpose was to connect students to community members as well as giving back to the community.  Many students had a hard time with the communication piece of this assignment while others chose a business or group that they had a connection with.”

The work can be very personal to the artist, so it was a challenge to give up a piece of work they grew fond of during its creation.

She said the project will serve students very well in the future.

The students’ work is on display at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, the Parks and Recreation Department in Apple Valley, Trinity Church in Farmington, Trinity Hospice Center, The Mug, and Caribou Coffee.

“The feedback from the community has been amazing,” Cherwinka said. “I received thank you notes, photographs and phone calls from the people who received the artwork.”

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