Artists in Schools & Communities
Southeastern Greene School District
PCA&M has enjoyed a long partnership with both students, teachers, and administrators at Southeastern Greene School District (situated just north of the PA/WV border), completing projects at both Bobtown Elementary and at Mapletown Junior/Senior High School.
2019-2020 was the seventh Residency Project undertaken in the district, with Teaching Artist Lindsay Huff working with sixth grade students and one of their teachers, Ms. Ashley Yelenik, to create an 8’x12′ hammered aluminum can mural, depicting regional wildlife, and to be installed on an exterior wall of the school as a welcome greeting to community members and students.
In 2018, Teaching Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin worked with middle school students to create a ceramic tile mosaic mural for an exterior wall at Mapletown Junior/Senior High School.
In 2017, Teaching Artist Lindsay Huff worked with fourth graders at Bobtown Elementary to create a pair of hammered aluminum can collage murals to surround two pairs of school water fountains. The murals feature colorful abstracted landscapes, as well as stylized trees made of hammered copper tubing and enameled elements. That same year, Lindsay Huff also worked with middle school students at Mapletown to create a trio of maple leaf sculptures utilizing copper tubing, painted enamel tiles, and hammered brass.
In 2016, Teaching Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin worked with students at Bobtown and at Mapletown to create colorful ceramic tile mosaic murals, adoring the front hallway at Bobtown, and the cafeteria in Mapletown.
In 2016, inspired by artist Chuck Close, Ceramicist and Teaching Artist Becky Keck worked with fifth grade students to create a ceramic tile mural of a fierce bulldog, the school’s mascot.
In 2015, Teaching Artist Amber Coppings worked with students at Bobtown Elementary to create innovative ceiling tile art to complement the school’s new STEAM Lab. Students utilized a variety of fiber techniques including shibori indigo dying and hand sewing. Students created tesselations using iPads and saw their digital artwork printed onto fabric squares that became part of their “Unknown Galaxies!”
In 2014, Teaching Artist Melissa Davenport worked with students to create hammered copper tree sculpture with dozens of hammered copper leaves, some of which were enameled with Teaching Artist Lindsay Huff during a field trip to PCA&M.
In 2012-2013, Teaching Artists from Pittsburgh Glass Center worked with second grade students to create glass tile mosaics. The students enjoyed a field trip to PGC and explored the mosaic process by making paper mosaics of their own as well!