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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

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Piedmont Craftsmen presents Artist 2 Artist, a series of discussions where artists tackle a wide range of craft topics. The videos will be shared variety via a Zoom launch first and then though Piedmont Craftsmen’s You Tube page. Email education for details.

Every year, Piedmont Craftsmen presents Living Craft: Crafting Life, a program that serves over 1,200 students in elementary, middle & high school. The student will develop an awareness of art as an avocation and profession. Living Craft: Crafting Life consists of one day in-school fine craft lectures & hands-on artist in residencies. The program is funded by a Wells Fargo Arts In Education grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

In-school Fine Craft Lectures consist of power point presentations & fine craft samples to be held & discussed by the K-8 students. Our Education Director shares knowledge about the craftsmen by discussing their vocational training, skillful techniques & showing examples of their work. Specific cultural influences which give global perspectives are discussed as well as how this perspective enables artists to develop their own personal imagery & style.

Artist In Residencies are designed to give WS/FC high school art students an in-depth experience through a grade-specific hands-on project that incorporates art, math, history, science & English. Students work on individual projects as well as communal ones that permanently enhance their schools. Through a 4-5 day long residency, craftsmen demonstrate the feasibility of art as a vocation and the opportunity for lifelong creative learning.

Education

Reagan High School Students Take Control of Their Environment

Ceramic Artist Pam Brewer from Newland, NC came to Reagan High School to create a mosaic mural installed permanently in the school. Led by art teacher Jennifer Willard, the mural involved every student enrolled in an art class and faculty that wanted to participate. Pam initially conducted hands-on clay lessons to all the art students over a 5-day span. During the next few weeks in Pam’s absence, hundreds of tiles were made by the students and fired in an electric kiln on-site by the art teacher. Pam returned to Reagan to install the mural on the entrance way and wall leading to the arts wing of the school. Every student who made tiles was involved in the cementing and grouting […]