Fifth graders at Ossining’s Roosevelt School will work with an artist this spring to create a mural. Read below for more information from the district on this endeavor:
Colombian artist Pedro Ospina will work with fifth graders at Roosevelt School this spring to create a mural that explores the multi-cultural history of New York State, Ossining and the school community.
Ospina, who was born in Colombia and raised in New York City, has studied with artists in Mexico, Wales, Colombia and Brazil. He will work with students to create a mural that reflects the diverse groups – ethnic, religious and cultural – found in New York State history. In the process, students will explore their own identities and how they fit into the mosaic that is their community.
“My work as an artist explores my search for identity and assimilation in the face of cultural change,” Ospina said. “Born in Bogotá, Colombia, but raised in New York City, my life’s path has been dedicated to the pursuit of simultaneously exposing myself to a wide range of learning experiences and cultures and then sharing that information and knowledge with those I encounter.”
Students will learn how a professional artist works, the tools that are used and the planning that goes into a mural as well as learning about composition, scale, color and artistic techniques. The artist will meet with all the students involved in the project and collect sketches and brainstorm ideas.
While using art to support the social studies curriculum, the project also will enhance student proficiency in language arts, as the students conduct research and document their work in writing and pictures.
Ospina has been an artist and instructor for 20 years. He lived abroad for 11 years and was a full time high school art teacher in Brazil for four years. He holds a bachelor of fine arts from SUNY Purchase and a master’s in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His artwork has been exhibited in the United States and abroad and he has recently created four large-scale public murals with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
The artist-in-residence project is made possible by the Arts Partners Challenge Grant program of ARTSWESTCHESTER, with funding from the Arts in Education Local Capacity Building Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.