Art teacher Jamie Zbrzezny earned a BA in fine arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Ms. Zbrzezny spent a year studying at the University of Hawai’i Manoa. Then, she earned a post-bachelorette degree in Art Education in 2011. Her career at Ambridge started at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. She loves her job teaching middle school students. Her favorite mediums include ceramics, glass blowing, and fiber arts; she enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, and traveling. We have enjoyed a partnership with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for 3 consecutive years and look forward to hosting a third artist residency program this year. Several cultural opportunities are granted to our students through this partnership. Most recently a handful of Junior High students attended an event at the Pittsburgh Glass Center called “Play with Fire.” We are anticipating an arts integration program for the district through our partnership.
Our students experience the elements of art by creating a variety of different artworks throughout the semester. Opportunities to work individually and in collaborative groups are made available. Art history, criticism, and aesthetics are a part of every lesson. Students are also introduced to the art of formal critiques.
7th grade art students will be touching on the elements and principles of art as well as working on special projects. This year we will be reclaiming clay and creating high fire tiles for a future outdoor mural to be displayed in the community. Students will be involved in all aspects of the art making processes from start to display.