After-School Workshops for Students With ArtsPath Artists

Posted on 8/9/2016 10:09:01 AM

Chess set by Linda VanGehuchtenThe Artists Hand Gallery is partnering with ArtsPath and IUP Lively Arts to host a special artist residency for students ages seven through 17 from August 31 to September 24, 2016. It features two nationally known artists, both represented by the gallery and having extensive teaching experience.

Lazy Dogs by J. R. SherburneLinda Van Gehuchten, woodworker and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts rostered teaching artist, and J. R. Sherburne, a local potter with a studio in the gallery, will work with children in this interdisciplinary residency as they explore the creative process.

The students will design and create a personal game board for themselves, as well as a communal chess/checkers board for the gallery. They will develop basic skills in woodworking and hand building with clay as they integrate the two art forms.

According to gallery manager Sandy Trimble, “This is an amazing opportunity for children to work with not one, but two nationally known professional artists. And, because of the match funding by ArtsPath through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, it gives the students an affordable option with work with these artists for what amounts to slightly over $7 dollars per session, or about $5 an hour.”

The 16-day residency experience will be held at the Artists Hand Gallery, located on Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana weekdays after school from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., August 31–September 24.

Linda VanGehuchhten demonstrating a wood lathe to students.The final session is a culminating show and reception from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, at the gallery.

The cost for the full 24 hours of residency experience is $125 per child. The class size is limited to 12 children ages seven to 13 and four children ages 14 to 17.

To register or for more information, visit the Gallery website, call 724-463-8710, or e-mail

ArtsPath is a program 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 regionally by ArtsPath through the Lively Arts and College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is additionally supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Pictured above: Top, chess set by Linda VanGehuchten; Lazy Dogs by J. R. Sherburne; VanGehuchhten demonstrating a wood lathe to students.