ArtsPath Completes Two Spring Semester IUP Residencies

Posted on 5/4/2016 2:03:53 PM

ArtsPath visual artist Mike Stadler worked with students on the IUP Punxsutawney campus using woodworking, and craft artist Sandy Trimble worked with pre-service students in the College of Education and Education Technology using fiber and the process of wool felting.

Student work from 2016 Spring residency at IUP Punxsutawney. 
At the IUP Punxsutawney campus, Stadler partnered with English professor Lynn Shelly as they worked together to expand the students’ abilities to think and work on higher levels of abstraction.

A second reason the residency is supported by Dean Terry Appolonia is that with fewer opportunities for creative self- expression than students at IUP’s Indiana campus, it helps provides a much broader experience to the students, further enhancing their first-year experience at the regional campus. Student work from 2016 Spring residency at IUP Punxsutawney.

By provoking students to develop critical thinking skills in the area of depth, students were invited to learn techniques of abstract art as a means of thinking strategically and symbolically about their identities and life experiences. In addition to working with Stadler through the hands-on woodworking component, the students kept a journal detailing their thought processes.

Projects seen here were on display at the end-of-semester Celebration of Learning.

Student work from 2016 Spring residency at IUP Punxsutawney. In the IUP College of Education and Educational Technology, with the support of Dean Lara Leutkehans, fiber artist Sandy Trimble worked with pre-service students of Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran and Theresa McQuaide in their course, ESCP 314 Creative Experiences and Play for all PreK-Grade 4 Learners.Student from 2016 Spring residency at IUP College of Education and Ed. Technology

With her background in fiber and wool felting, Trimble used the discipline to introduce the concept of arts integration to the students, as well as the importance of the arts as a content area in schools. Using a wet and dry needle felting process to create puppets, students were evaluated on their own ability of being able to design and implement a meaningful and creative play experience for all young children. They also worked in groups to create an imaginative puppet play drama to teach a lesson through storytelling.

Student 2 from 2016 Spring residency at IUP College of Education and Ed. Technology Both residency projects were made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation and administered locally by ArtsPath through the Lively Arts and College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The PCA is further supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information on ArtsPath residencies, contact the ArtsPath coordinator for Arts-in-Education Services, Jeff Wacker, at 724-357-4565, or at jwacker@iup.edu.