Thayer High School Art Class
The art teacher at Thayer High School has a small jewelry studio with a burnout kiln for lost wax casting. We developed a residency to expand her program using the tools she has on hand. This included a demonstration of Cuttlefish bone casting, and casting scrap silver into ingots for later use or forging. They were also given a forging demonstration so their cast material could be forged. The students learned ways to utilize their material in a more efficient manner, and how to re-use scrap material. Teaching Artists Brian Fickett and Lillian Fitzpatrick left technical handouts for the teacher to use in the future, so the local program benefited and were able to identify tools the school had on hand which will help in future projects.
This residency was primarily designed to expand the teacher's technical knowledge and skills so that she could take her program further than she was able without the Placeworks residency.