Artists by Type: Visual Arts
PAFA’s Museum Education staff members visit community organizations throughout the Philadelphia area for hands-on art-making projects for families. From libraries to churches, day programs to faith-based organization, PAFA looks to engage the greater Philadelphia families with its collection and artmaking tradition. Outreach workshops consist of a brief presentation about PAFA, a current museum exhibition, and an art-making lesson that participants can keep.
The Clay Studio is rooted in the belief that all people deserve access to arts learning opportunities, and assumes a strong responsibility to reach all segments of its local community. Our professional teaching artists bring to the partnering sites a “pop-up” ceramics studio that uses the accessible and tactile medium of clay to foster the practice of imagination, critical thinking, persistence, and to serve as a catalyst for community engagement.
Jessica Curtaz is a Philadelphia-based street artist and arts advocate. She transforms public space through installing crocheted weeds, insects, real and imaginary creatures, and other, over-sized flora and fauna onto the urban landscape, bringing a feminized craft out of the home and onto the streets.
Jessica works as a teaching artist, specializing in adaptive teaching methods for special needs populations. She has worked with a wide range of abilities and special needs.
Averil Smith Barone has been working for Art-Reach for a decade. She has a BA in Art and Art History from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio (1990). She received her MA in Art Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1994). She is a watercolor artist and loves to share the many techniques of the medium in her workshops. She also shares her enthusiasm of art history through her interactive art history workshops. She resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania.