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BHSU summer art academy focuses on high school students’ love of the fantasy world

High school students will have an opportunity to explore the world of fantasy and imagination to create a variety of art during the Black Hills State University ‘ZAP! POW! BLAM!’ summer art academy.


The three-day academy is part of a variety of academic camps BHSU is hosting this summer.  The summer art academy is scheduled for June 17-19 and is open to high school students who have competed grades 9-11.


The theme of ‘ZAP! POW! BLAM!’ is centered around comics and animation to give area high schools students an introduction to the vibrant, action-packed worlds of fantasy and imagination, according to Desy Schoenewies, BHSU assistant professor of art.


During the academy, students will create artworks based around the designs and styles found in their favorite graphic novels, comics, anime, and cartoons. The students will create prints, paintings, drawings, and sculptures using designs influenced from these comic styles.


“It is my goal that the students explore ways to connect the world of the graphic arts with traditional art media as well recognize comic arts as a true art form,” Schoenewies said.


All materials will be provided.


BHSU will be offering additional summer camps for middle and high school students on the following topics: business, photography, drafting, history, science, and creativity and critical thinking.

For more information or to sign up for any of the academic summer camps go to or contact Hasina Ahmad at 605.642.6427 or

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