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Shimmering Backdrops at PS 347


Artists in Schools

Shimmering Backdrops at PS 347

Dispatches from CMA Artist Instructor Talisa Velazquez's second grade class at PS 347.

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Students at PS 347 in Manhattan are finishing up the backdrops for their stop-motion animations. One of our longtime school partners, PS 347 serves deaf, hard-of-hearing, children of deaf adults, and hearing students. 

Ultra tactile materials like shimmering translucent paper and fuzzy fabrics proved to be irresistible to students! They wanted to spend hours assembling their backdrops. 

Next up, students will design their characters and use modeling clay to bring their ideas to life. 

CMA Artist Instructors JT Baldassarre and Talisa Velazquez

It’s spring in New York City, which means CMA’s Artist Instructors are hard at work in public schools across the boroughs teaching fine arts and stop-motion animation to students who lack access to the arts otherwise. Learn how you can support these programs by donating to CMA’s Emergency Arts Education Fund.


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