Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rockwood High School 2013

My year 2013 has started out with a busy Wholesale Show in Florida and upon our return, a 20 day residency at Rockwood High School.  I will be working with 9-12th grade English classes who are all currently studying a Shakespeare play.  My current three classes are Seniors and our theme is of "Othello".  My personal goals in this 20 day residency are in working with these students to encourage personal growth as well as a reiteration of the material they have been studying.  Each class will then complete a 6 foot by 5 foot mural on canvas less then 5 days each!

So, we are on our second day and the design and painting is already looking awesome.  Students chose all the imagery and quotes to be included in this transportable mural/banner.  It is literally a non-stop day from 8 am- 2pm with students coming during study hall and even extra time because they actually want to do that.  Hurray for enthusiasm and bright minds.  I am already pleased with the progress and am not even super tired when I get home to do my own work.


  1. The painting is looking awesome! I enjoyed brainstorming ideas for it and taking part in the painting. I have not been able to paint as much as I would have liked due to my busy schedule, but I am glad that I had the chance to be part of this! More and more, the arts are losing their place in education, and I am glad to see that you are helping to keep them alive!

  2. Here’s an article I wrote about your visit:

  3. hey Brandon
    can we link this directly to the waking bear studio website? I would also like to put this article on our waking bear studio facebook page? I sent the link for your article to Ms. Hetrick and The Southern Alleghenies Musuem of Art. It is fine if I protest the lack of arts in the is MUCH more powerful coming from an actual well written...I am proud of you!

  4. Yeh, I am glad you enjoyed it! My email is if you would like to send any photos for it.