NURTUREart’s Education Outreach Program sends practicing artists into public schools for in-school instruction with students grades 4-12. Artists introduce art-making skills and techniques, with projects that develop critical skills for success in school and life including collaboration, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. Through collaboration with public school teachers and staff, the artists-in-residence utilize visual art to access academic content and promote school objectives while offering an outlet for student expression.
Andrew Ross was an artist in residence at PS 147 during the 2015- 2016 school year. Andrew posed the concepts of space, scale, and construction to sculpture projects during which students translated ideas from two-dimensions to three-dimensions. Their culminating sculpture was inspired by Andrew’s question, What would you put on a shelf? Students created their imagined 3-D objects with cardboard, tape, glue, and paint. The final collection of objects presented during NURTUREart’s P.S. 147 Prints and Sculptures included vases, crowns, robot arms, and abstract sculptures, representing the different interests and values of the students.
Andrew Ross (b. 1989, Miami, FL) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He focuses his practice on unravelling various theatrical strategies of address, abstraction as it relates to written language and subliminal messaging and sarcasm. His sculptures and still-life-based images conjure an awareness of backstories embedded in static objects, revealing hidden narratives through a language akin to slapstick. Often at once humorous and depressing, his sometimes sleek, sometimes saccharine, plastic-y objects draw from a mock-objective point of view while including transparent ulterior motivations.
Ross received his BFA from The Cooper Union and has been a participant of Skowhegan, LMCC’s Swing Space, Atelier Mondial, and Open Sessions at The Drawing Center. Ross’s work has been exhibited at institutions including The Drawing Center, Artists Space Books and Talks, The James Gallery at CUNY Center for the Humanities, Signal Gallery, BHQFU and The Studio Museum in Harlem.