• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Summer Hobbies: Painting

If you follow my posts, you know that I am an avid painter and drawer.  After working towards my art minor and taking many different classes in the subject area, painting in particular has become one of my favorite hobbies.  It is relaxing, allows you to express yourself in a highly visual way, and can be used in a multitude of ways (whether as gifts, interior decorations, or simply another work to add to the portfolio).  I typically paint watercolor, which is my favorite painting medium, but I sometimes switch it up and paint using acrylic.  This has been my media of choice for the last couple months, in fact.  The two mediums are highly different from each other, both in their composition and their effects on canvas. 

Watercolor: Consists of pigment in concentrated form, requires the addition of water for use.  This type of painting is “built up” and works by creating layers of color to build up areas of dominance and focus.  Tactile texture is not as pronounced due to the thin and watery consistency of the paint. Small details can be added at the end with careful attention.  Pigment can only be softened by pulling it off with water, but can not truly be painted over by another pigment.

Acrylic: A primarily plastic or enamel based paint that is ready to paint with right out of the bottle.  This paint also works well when being built up, but can indeed achieve a tactile and rough texture if desired (called impasto).  Color and dominance is achieved by sharp contrasting colors, size, and texture in particular. Pigment can be easily painted over by simply brushing a new color over the area you desire to change.  I like to think of this medium as the “mistake-making” paint.  No one will ever know you goofed!

Lately, I have been very inspired by images from my childhood, including photos of myself and my family, storybook illustrations that I used to see, and toy aesthetics.  I created an acrylic image of a childhood book of mine, “The Adventures of the Jolly Green Giant,” using texture and dominance of the main characters as the driving forces of my image.  (Images of this painting will follow soon!)  As I always say, if you enjoy painting or art, even if you feel like you may not be the best at it, give it a shot!  It may become a lifelong hobby that you didn’t realize you would appreciate!


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