Student Spotlight: Samantha Strausser

Hello again! This week we have graphic design major and fellow blogger Samantha Strausser. Sam is a second semester freshman who always helps keep our classes interesting and always provides insightful ideas to help with projects

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Name: Samantha Strausser, Class of 2020

Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Considering Illustration

I am majoring in Art because: I always had a desire to create things that would surprise people. Nothing excites me more than the thought of someone getting goosebumps when they look at my art. Art is everywhere, but great art is rare and I wanted to be able to create those rare pieces that are irreplaceable.

The kinds of things that inspire me are: Good music and art. Anything that gives you goosebumps when you hear or look at it. Good food too.

My favorite class so far was: Intro to Basic Drawing with Mark Webber. It was the first art class I had at Marywood and I feel as though Mark taught me things that fully prepared me for the rest of my art classes. The figure drawing really helped me to understand the way a body exists in a 3D space, which then helped me in graphic design when I was using any form of shadow, color, or Photoshop technique.

When I’m not in class: I’m mostly drawing, studying, or napping. I take school very seriously, so if I’m not in class or working, I’m spending my time studying or putting those few extra hours into a project. I also feel like the best way to get the creative juices flowing again is to take a nice long nap.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far was: Metal letter press valentine cards at Crow Design Studios with Professor Christine Medley. I also made a cool coaster with the same designs!

When I graduate: I hope to have a good job that will inspire me every day, and lots of dogs that will keep my company when I spend all night drawing and designing.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because: the teachers are phenomenal. Every professor I’ve had thus far has really cared about their students and has been incredibly passionate about the arts. The program is well rounded with multiple classes and studies that really help guide artists into the direction that they hope to go. The art program, altogether, is one of the many programs that steal the spotlight at Marywood University.

Thank you for sharing your work, Sam!

Until next time!

~Jordan

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