Jacobson: Art department offers eye-opening opportunities

Jacobson: Art department offers eye-opening opportunities
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Art is more than a hobby for Faribault High School junior Lauren Jacobson – it’s a passion. No matter what the form – whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, or even cross stitching – Jacobson has always been driven to learn new techniques for creating and expressing herself.

“I’ve always been interested in art,” Jacobson said. “I do what I love.”

Last year, Jacobson got her first chance to share her work with a large audience when she put together a collection for a student gallery at the high school. Now 14 of her pieces are on display in the Corey Lyn Greger Memorial Gallery at the Paradise Center for the Arts. The gallery is photography and digital-art focused and features a self-portrait, wildlife and nature photography, and pieces that experiment with different lighting techniques.

“A lot of what I do is for myself. Before I focused on what I wanted to make and invest in. It wasn’t until this year I had to consider what my audience wants to see,” Jacobson said. “After all the work I went through putting that together, being able to present it to my friends and family was a really proud moment for me.”

All the work Jacobson put in creating and organizing the pieces for her gallery came in addition to her busy high school schedule that she fills with as many art offerings as possible. She has already taken Drawing and Painting 1, Photography and Photoshop, Sculpture and Ceramics and Intro to Art. As a senior she plans to take advanced drawing and sculpture courses, as well as Art History through South Central College.

“The high school art department is phenomenal. They offer so many courses and I’ve taken almost all of them,” Jacobson said. “It’s given me so many opportunities and opened my eyes to new forms of art.”

Jacobson has worked with high school art teacher Jackie Demarais since she was a freshman. She worked with Demarais on a photography-based independent study course where she would create art projects and then write essays about them and present them.

“Working with her was one of the greatest parts of my junior year,” Jacobson said. “She introduced me to lots of different types of photography I didn’t know about like light painting, which is one of my favorite things in photography.”

After next year, Jacobson said she will likely enroll in a four-year college. Art is one of several fields she can see herself pursuing.

“As well as art, I’m super interested in writing and history,” she said. “If possible, I would love to have a professional career in art, but I know that can be difficult and I’m fully prepared with a Plan B. Between art, history and writing, there’s so much I can do there.”

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