Project Highlights

Spring 2014

Ambridge Junior High School

Artist Residency with Laura Jean McLaughlin & Visiting Artist Lindsay Huff.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' (PCA) Resident Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin working with Art Teacher Jamie Zbrzezny, 8th grade students, and PCA Visiting Artist Lindsay Huff to create a ceramic mosaic mural reflecting the school culture and values. 

Laura Jean brainstormed with students to generate ideas and images that she then combined together in a sketch drawn on concrete backer board.  Students "colored in" the drawing using tempera paint, then began breaking and gluing down hundreds of pieces of colored ceramic tiles.  

Students also brought in old broken ceramic plates/mugs and Visiting Artist Lindsay Huff taught them how to make colorful copper enamel discs~ all to include in the magnificent mosaic!

"Thank you to everyone for making this possible, we all had such a beautiful experience."- Jamie Zbrezenzy, art teacher at Ambridge Junior High School

Read more in this article from the Ambridge Connection.

Artist Residency Projects can be accomplished in schools and community organizations from preschool age to elderly populations. Matching funds are available for qualifying organizations. Find out more by clicking here.


All City Student Exhibition- Pittsburgh Public School District K- 12th grad

PF/PCA's School & Community Programs Artist in Residency Program partnered with Beechwood Elementary in multi-grade Arts Integration learning. Student work was displayed at the All City Student Exhibition from PF/PCA Artist Residency students as well as from other PPS community art partners. Resident Artists Katy Dement and Laura Jean McLaughlin provided hands-on art activities in papermaking and clay mosaic on site

Resident Artist Connie Merriman worked on collaborative collages with kindergarteners at Beechwood Elementary. Students then turned the collages into books inspired by the style of Eric Carle.
Resident Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin working with PPS students.

Resident Artist Katy Dement making paper with students.