Artist in residence
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE WITH ROBERT MANISCALCO
Experience the Creative Process: Robert presents interactive multi-discipline arts experiences, drawing upon his years as a professional practitioner in the visual, theatrical and musical arts to deepen the child’s written expression. He tailors his residencies to reinforce academic achievement. He enjoys the adventures of collaborating with teachers, taking the “driest,” the most difficult subjects, and bringing them to life and infusing them with creativity and energy. Robert will create both a memorable and enriching creative experience for ALL the children he works with, even those who may be difficult to reach through traditional academic methods.
Robert Maniscalco, who is an award-winning professional artist and gallerist with over 38 years of experience, has placed hundreds of portraits and fine art into the collections of top corporations and institutions as well as their families. He is also an award-winning professional actor, performing and directing in over a hundred theatre productions and films over the years. He has published several books and instructional videos and produced , including his two seasons as host of “ArtBeat” on PBS in Detroit. He is a dedicated teacher of painting, acting and music (BM from WSU) and has been presenting innovative programs in schools throughout his career, enthusiastically sharing his passion for the arts. He is committed to “visual literacy” and the idea that everybody can and should learn to draw, even if they don’t exhibit “talent” or aspire to be a professional artist. He believes learning to draw, which is the art of making connections, is essential for higher learning and is available to everyone. Robert is well known among his peers for his “Power of Positive Painting” presentations and his enthusiasm for turning common ideas into works of art.
Artist in Residence 2009 –
touchtheskyyoga.com“Being the Artist-in-residence of North Charleston was an exhilarating creative experience for me. My over riding mission has been to plant the seeds of visual literacy and a love and appreciation for observational drawing in the fertile minds of the young people in some of the most “at risk” communities in North Charleston. These are some photos that were taken at Alice Burney Middle School seventh grade art class, part of a 2 week residency there.
I watch the faces of these kids open as they discover an entirely new part of their brain and begin to draw with sophistication and specificity, truly seeing possibly for the first time in their lives. I see them as taking control of their world in some small yet profound way. I’ve encouraged them to imagine a life filled with possibility, to follow their passions and not just accept their lot in life as if it were somehow real.
To make art is to see in a way that goes beyond survival. Why not take on a cause, become a force to be reckoned with? Art has the power to transform lives.
Using gesture and envelope we created some pretty convincing self portraits. We create art related to the subjects the kids are learning.
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Today while I was painting I started talking about developing internal rewards rather than trying to impress others. If I could have learned that lesson when I was young I can only imagine the heartache I could have avoided. Then I started begging the kids not to put off pursuing their dreams until they are too old to do anything about them. These kids deal with a lot of pressure to achieve and not enough on loving their work. Young people are literally starving to hear someone just level with them.