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December 8, 2010

Art instructor fired up to work with area high school students


Mike Fell Taking time from his busy schedule as an art instructor at Cowley College, Mike Fell recently spent time working with art students at Winfield High School.

Fell did Raku firing with students in Winfield High School’s art class last Friday and will resume working with the students this Friday.

Fell, along with Winfield High School 3-Dimensional Art teacher, Martha Fitzwater, had the students make at least one project out of Raku clay and glaze them prior to his arrival last Friday.

Fell brought Raku kilns to the school and helped the students fire the Raku pots.
“Everyone was really happy with the results, there were some neat pots that came out of it,” Fell said.

Fell has had a positive experience working with teachers and students at Winfield High School during his time as an instructor at Cowley.

“Winfield High School teachers have been very receptive and eager to have us work with their students,” Fell said. “The art instructors at Winfield look after their students and try to find the best fit for them after high school and we hope to show Cowley would be a good fit.”

Fell has stayed busy with other endeavors as well as he recently helped organize Cowley College’s fourth annual Art Club Chili Bowl/Plate-o-Cookies sale, which rose close to $1,000. He will also lead a workshop in making Raku Christmas Ornaments Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Artists Alley Coop Gallery in Winfield. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m.

The ornaments have been made ahead with a Raku clay and will be ready for participants to glaze and then fire in a special Raku Kiln. The process takes about an hour and the cost is $10 per ornament.