In an effort to get public schools in the greater Pittsburgh area to become more closely knitted with the arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Art with the help of the Grable foundation are supplying select schools with multiple artist residencies. Thus, together we are encouraging an arts integration model for entire schools or districts.
Ambridge Junior High was selected as one of the sites because of the past work I have done in conjunction with PCA. During the 2013-2014 and 2014-15 school years my students and I created two mosaic murals with Pittsburgh artist Laura Jean McLaughlin through the PCA artist residency program. I developed a great working relationship with Mary Brenholts who is the director of arts in schools and communities at PCA. She thought of us and offered 3 artist residencies for this school year. I was charged with finding two teachers other that myself who would be willing to host and facilitate for an artist. 8th grade Science teacher Don Ayers will be hosting enameling artist Linsdsay Huff. 7th grade English teacher Nancy George is hosting fibers artist LaVerne Kemp. I am hosting Batik and fibers artist Saihou Njie. Each of these artist bring a unique and exciting art process as well as perspective to our classrooms and our students. All funding is provided by arts integration grants from the Grable foundation.
The art students are working now until Feb 12 on our fabric mural, we are batiking, completing various surface designs, learning to stitch, etc. In the end each student will have designed 2 separate 8x8” tiles, they will donate one to our mural and make a satchel out of the other one.
The science students will be enameling copper and designing unique pieces based on organelles. They will be making a cumulative project as well. Dates TBD
The English students are weaving story boards ( very cool project) starting Feb 9th Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks.