NURTUREart was pleased to present P.S. 147: Prints and Sculptures, which featured the work created by students of P.S. 147 in collaboration with Andrew Ross and Frank Traynor as part of our Education Program.
With Andrew Ross, PS 147 4th and 5th grade students explored art making in connection to dimension, space, and problem solving. Students manipulated cardboard into sculptures, challenged to think how to build a form in space. In response to, What would you put on a shelf? the collection of objects includes vases, crowns, robot arms, and abstract sculptures.
With Frank Traynor, 4th and 5th grade students learned different methods of printmaking including block printing, stamp making, and designing infinite patterns. Students applied these techniques to projects that explore What is worth repeating? What is the most important to say? The student-designed wallpaper and layered prints express the students values and interests.
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.
Frank Traynor works as an artist and teaching artist in New York City. He used to work as a sailor and costume maker. He currently runs the junk-shop turned mad bath project The Perfect Nothing Catalog.
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.
Special Thanks to the Walentas Family Foundation for support of this partnership.