Students learn entrepreneur skills

JHS students promote Artist in Residence program

Sentinel photo by ERIN THOMPSON
Michelle Fetter, of Lewistown Printworks, shows Juniata High School senior Julia Burns how to screen print on Thursday in the art room at Juniata High School.

MIFFLINTOWN — Kindness matters.

That is the message that Sara Sutton’s art students at Juniata High School are trying to promote as part of the school’s annual Artist in Residence program, organized by the Perry County Council of the Arts.

As part of the program, Michelle Fetter, of Lewistown Printworks, gave students lessons in entrepreneurship, graphic design, screen printing and marketing.

“This year, students are working on the Kindness Project,” said Sutton.

“It has been really interesting to learn about how she built her business,” Sutton continued. “She kept students really engaged.”

For the last two weeks, Fetter taught students about creating a business model and the creative process behind graphic design and screen printing.

As part of the Kindness Project, students used their voice to design images that promoted the idea of kindness. The four classes who participated had the option of making their project a fundraiser.

After a two-day campaign, the classes raised $118 for The Mifflin-Juniata Abuse Network and $153 for The Big Tree Art and Music Organization, Fetter said.

On Thursday, students learned the nuts and bolts of how to use the screen printing press. Students will print T-shirts and tote bags on Monday.

The Artist in Residence program has brought a variety of artists to Juniata High School in the past, including painters and glass artists, said Sutton, who is also on the board for the arts council.

“We’re excited to bring someone local like Michelle,” Sutton said. “The kids have been very attentive. They’re excited to have their designs printed on shirts and totes and they enjoy Michelle and learning about her process.”


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