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Self-Education provides students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest to them with much more freedom and independence than in traditional classes. Each Self-Education project counts for one credit hour and the student works on the project on his/her own time throughout the semester.  Below are some samples of work from these self-education projects.  


  Ha Long Bay

The Honors Self Education project gave Yen Tran the chance to experience acrylic painting that she never had the time for. She set her goal to paint two pieces over the summer of 2012 and ended up with four paintings. The first piece Yen painted was of the Ha Long Bay, one of the 7 New Nature Wonders of The World. This painting took her two months to finish to get its details and depth. Other paintings took her approximately two weeks each to finish. She used the gridline system to outline her paintings with important details, and then Yen started painting from left to right. After that, she touched up her paintings to see the depth, reflection, and details to make them complete. The project opened up some unexpected opportunities such as a great sale in the Claypool Young Gallery and her recent art business on, an on-line website for handmade and vintage items.  



  Kasey Reed

Kasey Reed designed and painted this stained glass window as her Self-Education Project. 


  Flower in Hand self education  Kentucky River  bongo  mimosa
Brooke Washburn has had an interest in photography for quite a few years now. So when Dr. Krummrich told her that she could use the Honors camera for a self-education project, she jumped at the chance.  She set out to basically teach herself how to use the camera in manual mode considering all she had ever worked with previously was a point and shoot type camera. She ended up buying a book and reading the camera's manual to learn her way around the camera. She then set out to learn about different aspects of photography: aperture, shutter speed, lighting, etc. Through this she was able to greatly enhance her photos, as shown above, to where she was satisfied with how they turned out so she would no longer have to edit them on the computer.  


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Danielle was accepted into the Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program.  She is attending the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. Danielle is very proud that she was accepted into such a prestigious program that allows her to study and live for free for six weeks during the summer of 2012.

Danielle Rae Myers
Falmouth, KY



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