Transferred Inspiration: An Artist-in-Residence and High School Collaboration

Youth Visual Arts Education and the LAC Artists-in-Residence Program have partnered up to bring medium specific workshops to three classes of combined students from Lawrence High School and Freestate High School. Artists-in-Residence, Rosa Nussbaum and Jonathan Christensen-Caballero began their engagement with the teen artists by visiting the each school to present an Artist Talk, giving insight into their own practices and projects. Students were inspired to brainstorm ideas for personal projects incorporating techniques and concepts related to the creative practice of the Resident Artists. Rosa and Jonathan then led hands-on workshops at the Arts Center, making art alongside the students and introducing specific ceramic and printmaking techniques.

Printmaking Artist in Residence, Rosa Nussbaum, worked with the students to explore the process of batik fabric dyeing and cyanotype to created patterned textile designs.

Ceramics Artist in Residence, Jonathan Christensen-Caballero, demonstrated how to produce clay faces using plaster molds. Students utilized molds made by Jonathan from the faces of his family and friends to make clay faces to be manipulated and altered back at school. Students have been encouraged to create personal sculptural narratives by altering the facial expressions and features of Jonathan’s faces or adding multi-media objects and materials.

This special project will culminate with a shared Front Gallery exhibition called Transferred Inspiration curated by HANG12 on April 29, coinciding with a district-wide USD 497 student exhibition.

Stay tuned for updates!