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High School Students in the Summer Bridge Program Participate in Hands-on Aluminum Casting Workshop

June 19, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – High school students enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program participated in a hands-on aluminum casting workshop on Tuesday, June 18.

The students representing West Oso, Gregory-Portland, Alice, and Corpus Christi independent school districts created aluminum relief tiles of their own unique designs in a workshop led by Jack Gron, Chair of the Department of Art, and sculpture graduate assistants.

“Before we started the project, I thought we were going to be drawing in our sketchbooks,” said Kristopher Rodriguez, a senior at Alice High School. “I learned today that there is more to art than just drawing and painting.”

Pre-formed resin sand tablets were provided for the students on which they carved their designs into the sand.  Once this was completed, molten aluminum was poured or “cast” into each sand tablet, capturing the details of the designs.  After cooling, the aluminum tiles were shaken from the molds and presented to each artist to be taken home as a memento of this hands-on experience.

The Summer Bridge Program provides students from school districts which are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged with summer learning experiences and the chance to experience a college environment. Students will also take a kayaking trip to the Lighthouse Lakes in Rockport, visit the Texas State Aquarium, and ride aboard the R/V Wetland Explorer. 

The Summer Bridge Program is sponsored by the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center, and hosted by the College of Education. 

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