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Patricia Ritter

Contact Name: Patricia Ritter

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Phone: (270) 433-5605

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Patricia Ritter has called Cumberland County, KY (on the TN border) home since 1977, when she moved from Philadelphia, PA.  Self-taught in her chosen mediums of watercolors, pastel painting, mural work and sculpture, Patricia’s art is inspired by the beauty she sees in the world and has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and awards and is included in private and corporate collections. She has completed large scale murals and public art projects in her community. A Kentucky Arts Council Roster Artist since 1996, she has completed short and long-term residencies and is also a Roster Artist with VSA of Kentucky, working with special needs populations. She taught the visual arts component at the week-long Kentucky Arts Academies for teachers for six years; works with alternative education programs and juvenile detention centers and has designed and implemented art programs for summer camps, 4-H and after-school programs. She creates a safe environment for everyone to participate in innovative hands-on art activities while encouraging students to reach for and use the power of their own creativity to express themselves and develop critical thinking skills.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Showcasing The Arts! Looking At, Responding To and Creating Art

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Working with provided prompts and art examples students will complete a pre-assignment. The artist will then hold a virtual session with PowerPoints on her art in different mediums and her journey as an artist. Another PowerPoint with examples and discussion of careers in the arts across all disciplines will be presented while Q&A with the Artist will enhance engagement throughout. A third PowerPoint with directions and examples will lead students to create their own work of art based on one of the artist’s pieces. Using simple materials makes this doable in the classroom or at home for all grade levels.

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Program Title: Using Your Visual Voice - Collage and Paper Arts

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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Students are introduced to several collage artists and shown examples of their work…including Romare Bearden, Pablo Picasso and several modern collage artists through examples. I point out how each artist uses collage elements and materials differently to express themes, ideas and opinions. Any subject can be explored by asking students to create a collage representing whatever they are studying in the classroom – including history, time periods, cultures, favorite artists, social issues, landscapes, faces (realistic or abstract). This project has wide appeal for all ages and abilities and can be adapted for special needs students. Can also be used as a recycling project using magazines, newsprint, discarded books and many other collected materials.

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Program Title: Designing and Painting a Mural - How to Work Together to Illustrate Themes

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Students are introduced to public murals, art works and artists – including Diego Rivera, Violet Oakley, Thomas Hart Benton and works from Ireland to the Middle East and beyond– discussions are centered on the uses of public murals to focus on historical, social and political uses and how an artist takes an idea and expresses it effectively visually. Students learn how to develop a theme, create individual sketches using the elements of art and principles of design, collaborate with others to arrive at combining ideas and drawings into a cohesive design, instructed on how to enlarge drawings on site and continue to draw and paint alongside a professional mural artist to complete the artwork.

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