Lisa Muller, Clay
As a veteran artist and teacher,
I would like to share my recommendations for spearheading
an artist in residence program.
It has been my experience that
these types of projects propel
the advocacy of student art and
are also enjoyable for the entire
school community. Through such
projects, students also meet art
and humanities requirements
by observing acutely, thinking
spatially, and then synthesizing
and communicating the results of
Tips for Starting an
Artist in Residence Program Robyn Burchhardt
Our program is called the
Art Enrichment Group.
We create works of art
solely for our new building in a program that is a model for
dedication, discipline, and teamwork. Yours can be, too.
needed to hire a local artist.
Costs vary according to discipline
and materials. Explore sources for
local grants as necessary.
10. As the teacher, remain on call
and be ready to reinforce work
schedules and pitch in as
2. Ask to have the funding dedicated each year.
3. Interview local artists through
professional art leagues, galleries,
guilds, or university art departments.
The first priority is to gather the
support of the 4. Arrange for secu-
administration. Students meet art and rity clearances as
For the past seven humanities requirements required by your
years I have been by observing acutely, school district.
fortunate to have thinking spatially, and 5. Prepare a con-
my administra- tract explaining
tion’s support, then synthesizing and the details of costs,
both financially communicating the time schedules, and
and in terms of results of their visions. materials to be pro-
scheduling. I vided.
believe this can happen for you as 6. Get signatures from the artist,
well, especially with some creative your principal, and teachers over-approaches. seeing the work.
As a result of our artist in residence
program, our school’s permanent
collection now includes a variety of
artworks such as:
• a clay tile mural using the Moravian technique by artist Lisa
• a nine-foot copper tubing dragon
by artist Val Bertoia;
• an installation of hand-cast glass
leaves by artist Lucartha Kohler.
Robyn Burchhardt is an art teacher at
Spring-Ford High School in Royersford,
Forming a core group of students 7. Develop a project timeline and
is also essential. They may come share it with all parties involved.
from art club or be a cross-section of 8. Remain focused on allowing
students from your classes who are students to be the designers, pro-willing to devote after school hours ducers, and finishers. The artist
to the project. In high school this is should be their guide and col-usually not a problem. laborator.
Students conceive and create works
of visual art that demonstrate an
understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the
media, techniques, and processes
9. Work with a core group of ten to
Steps to Take
1. Seek approval from district
administrators for the money
fifteen students. They will most
likely take ownership and run
with the project.