St. Martin’s Upper School art students got a taste of college life when they visited Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music and Fine Arts. Students garnered hands-on experience when they participated in a 3D printing workshop in the Media Arts Lab. They also reconnected with young StM alums who are now art and design students at Loyola.
After a general tour of Loyola’s campus, students got an in-depth tour of the visual art and design studios, followed by a workshop in art/design history. When they broke for lunch at the university’s student center, students said they were pleased with the facilities and healthy lunch options.
Senior Julia Reggio said it was exciting to see the campus, get a private tour, and meet professors.
“I most enjoyed getting to experience a class at the university level,” Reggio said. “I also loved getting to look at different forms of art from students who are only a few years older than us.”
St. Martin’s alums Antoine Barriere ’14 and Lauren Vega ’13 met up with the group in the afternoon. Barriere, who is also featured on signage in the center of campus, is currently a junior majoring in music industry business, with a minor in design.
Upper School art teacher Allison Thomas, who taught both Barriere and Vega during their time at St. Martin’s, was especially proud.
“It was great to connect with StM alums, and see them thriving in their college atmosphere.”
Thomas feels the students left Loyola with a greater appreciation for pursuing art and design at the college level.
“It was beneficial for our students to see college facilities, especially visual art and design studios, and the range of classes available to them as an art or design student,” Thomas said. “More than that, I think students returned to school with a better understanding about how to look at art. I believe they learned to have an appreciation for the complexity of art and how it filters into our everyday lives.”