Holmes, Glasgow, and Frost Middle Schools to Host ARTSFAIRFAX Artists in Residence

News Release
January 10, 2019

Art students at Holmes, Glasgow, and Frost Middle Schools will work with artists as part of the ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Residency Program. The artists will connect printmaking, theater, and visual arts to social studies, language arts, and creative writing for unique and innovative learning experiences.  
The 2019 program will include:

•    Heidi Fortune Picker, Ford’s Theatre teaching artist and director of constituent engagement with 1st Stage Theatre in Tysons, will engage Holmes Middle School art students in “Exploring Movement in Improvisation” from January 7-18. The residency will integrate language arts to offer students opportunities to practice effective communication and active listening skills by creating original, imaginative stories through improvisation. The residency culminates with an in-class showcase of improvisations performed by and for the students.  

•    Chitra Sharma, a screen printer, visual artist, and designer, will work with Glasgow Middle School art students on “The Glasgow Print Society” from February 11-28. Sharma’s residency integrates social studies, language arts, poster design, and printmaking, enabling students to communicate their ideas about the community and environment. Student posters will be exhibited in communal school space. 

•    Suzy Scollon, professional artist and art educator with over 20 years’ experience and a coach for primary classroom teachers at Wolf Trap Institute for Early Childhood Learning through the Arts, will work with Frost Middle School students in the spring.  She will integrate creative writing and promote empathy among peers and the global community, offering students the opportunity to use ceramic projects for storytelling in “Creating Connections in Clay.” Student artwork and “stories” will be exhibited in a school show. 

"The teaching artists’ ability to integrate their professional skills into the FCPS curriculum teaches students communication skills, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity while developing confidence and building common experiences shared through art,” said Linda S. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of ARTSFAIRFAX.    

ARTSFAIRFAX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964, as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency, and is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
For more information, contact Dana Stewart at 571-395-4624 or dstewart@artsfairfax.org