Pre-College Student Profile: Val Wick | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Pre-College Student Profile: Val Wick

September 20, 2021
PCSS student standing in front of white wall wearing their hair down

What surprised you the most about the Pre-College Summer Session?

I was most surprised by how open and flexible the curriculum was. I think everyone got something uniquely important from the program, both in and out of the classroom.

What aspect of the program has had the biggest impact on you?

The aspect of the program that had the biggest impact on me was the observational drawing course and the free time outside of classes. The observational drawing class changed how I view the world around me and how I can translate and represent that perspective in my art. I’m a pretty extroverted person and working for long stretches on my own can be a little tough, so the free time outside of class was a life-saver. It allowed me to connect with the other students in the program on a different level and explore Minneapolis in a new light.

How has your artistic practice changed from being a part of the program?

I’ve started planning before I start a project. Examining why I’m making a piece, developing a theme, and even doing research on architecture and clothing styles before starting a piece has completely changed the way I interpret and express my ideas.

What was your favorite experience, outside of the classroom?

I really enjoyed exploring Eat Street. A couple of students and I went to Pho Hoa Noodle Soup during the final week of the program and it was probably the highlight of my summer. I also loved going out to get boba at Kung Fu Tea before studio hours.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about coming to Pre-College Summer Session?

Be open! Some of the most fun experiences come when you’re free to try new things.