2017 - 2018
Riverview Junior/Senior High School
We are thrilled to be partnering with Riverview Junior/Senior High School in Oakmont as part of Art Sparks, a partnership between the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Art Sparks aims to install a local, student-created piece of art in every Turnpike Service Plaza over the next five years. Resident Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin is working with students in Glenn Garrison’s art classes to create a ceramic mosaic mural to be installed at the Oakmont Plum Service Plaza. The school serves the boroughs of Oakmont and Verona.
The students collaboratively brainstormed about what regional history to depict in their mural, including Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania architecture, industry, sports, and people. See what local legends and landmarks you can spot in progress during Riverview’s Community Engagement Night, and visit the completed 9x17.5’ mural in mid-November!
Visit the first Art Sparks project the next time you're in Eastern Pennsylvania - a painted mural at the Lawn Service Plaza created by students at Lower Dauphin High School with Resident Artist Meg Davis in May 2017.
Thanks to PF/PCA's Molly Duerig for the Community Night photos!
Read more about the Residency Project in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
And watch this great video on Kidsburgh, hosted by KDKA's Kristine Sorensen!
IU1 Campus at Waynesburg
Resident Artist Lindsay Woge partnered with IU1 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education Kristin Szewczyk to create a permanent art installation at the IU1's new home in Waynesburg.
Artists in every grade level collaborated to create the sensory mural, designed to appeal to the senses of touch, sight, and sound. Students integrated reclaimed materials, including dismantled wood shelving, water and soda bottles, recycled cardboard and paper, outdated carpet and fabric samples, scrap bamboo, and salvaged bottle caps and lids. The learners explored concepts of sustainability and creative reuse while celebrating the new recycling initiative at the IU1 campus!
Blueprints - Waynesburg & Carmichaels
Also, in Greene County, Resident Artists Maritza Mosquera, Connie Merriman, Katy DeMent, and Lindsay Huff partnered with Blueprints (formerly Community Action Southwest) Director Stacy Stroman, and Site Supervisors Bridget Dennison and Tina Raber to offer art making opportunities to area senior citizens.
In "Your Place at the Table," Maritza Mosquera combined storytelling, cooking and celebration with drawing, painting, and printmaking for a deliciously interdisciplinary art experience.
Connie Merriman explored painting techniques in Carmichaels as participants explored landscape, still life, and self-portraiture.
Katy DeMent shared the art of papermaking with participants in Waynesburg. Participants created collages, greeting cards, bookmarks, and even pinatas, and shared what they learned with children attending Blueprints' Head Start program as well!
And in Carmichaels, Lindsay Huff shared various types of jewelry making with seniors and staff. Participants explored color theory as they created beaded jewelry, chemically etched drawings into copper and brass by utilizing ferric chloride, and fused glass to copper by enameling pendants, earrings, charms, and even light switch covers and dishes.
We love partnering with community organizations to bring art making experiences to artists of all ages. It was truly a gift to spend time making, creating, and sharing with the participants of these Residency Projects!
2016 - 2017
Avonworth Elementary School
This fall marks the beginning of a Teacher Artist Partnership between Resident Artist Alison Zapata, and Avonworth Elementary third grade teachers Mrs. Becky Kolesar and Mrs. Julia Udovich. The sixty day Long Term Residency will cover five units of study while integrating arts with science, math, language arts, and social studies for a truly interdisciplinary, STEAM experience.
The 3rd grade students will learn about local Pennsylvania environments and pollinators, cultural diversity and holiday celebrations, rocks and mineral, and the planets and solar system while reinforcing Avonworth School District's focus on Human Centered Design, 21st Century Skills, and Common Core Standards.
Over the course of the TAP Project, Ms. Zapata will be joined in the classroom by six other Visitings Artists, who were chosen for their familiarity with their artform's intersections with science, technology, engineering, and math. The students will also experience field trips to our PCA's Marshall Galleries and to the Carnegie Museum's Hillman Hall of Gems & Minerals.
Ringgold High School
This fall in Washington County, Resident Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin worked with thirty students in Mrs. Theresa Campa’s ceramics classes at Ringgold High School to create a fifteen-foot long mosaic mural. Students brainstormed and sketched designs that would represent student life and local history, then worked to cut mirror and stained glass pieces that were glued onto cement board panels. At the end of the twenty-day Residency Project, the students finished by applying grout between the mosaic tiles. The fifteen-foot mosaic mural will be installed in the board meeting room of the Roosevelt Administration Building.
Read more about the Residency Project in the Uniontown Harold Standard.
PPS Linden K-5
Resident Artist Tina Williams Brewer and PPS Linden art teacher Mrs. Deborah Lieberman have been partnering for fifteen years to bring the magic of quilting and story telling into the classroom and 2016 was no exception to their incredible collaboration.
Ms. Brewer worked with 2nd and 5th graders to explore cultural commonalities and personal histories through the use of fabric and symbolism. Quilted artworks taking a myriad of forms are installed throughout the school building.
West Greene Elementary Center
Meanwhile in Greene County, the fourth graders of West Greene Elementary Center worked with art teacher Mrs. Adrienne Day and Resident Artist Lindsay Huff to create a hanging curtain of metal charms that was installed in the entryway of the Elementary Center.
Students learned about properties of different metals including copper, brass, aluminum, and steel and manipulated pieces of each using pliers, hammers, anvils, shears, and letter stamps. The fourth graders also applied color with vitreous enamel and got to observe the mini-kiln in action during the 1500°F fusing process.
Creative writing had a role in the process as well as students brainstormed words to represent something important to them in the present and something they hoped for the future. By stamping their words into the metal pieces, the fourth grade created a group list poem that will serve as a monument to their grit, their collaboration, and their hopes and dreams.
Learn more about past Residency Projects from 2014 and 2015 on our PCA Education Tumblr!
Artist Residency Projects can be accomplished in schools and community organizations from preschool age to elderly populations. Matching funds are available for qualifying organizations. Find out more by clicking here.