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Sherman Elementary School

Artist in Residence Program

What is an artist in residence?

An artist in residence is a professional artist that interacts and teaches students not for one class, but on an ongoing basis. The artist will ‘reside’ at Sherman Elementary from February – May allowing students to have multiple interactions and experiences with art making. By having an artist as part of the Sherman Elementary community we hope to offer a high-quality, in-school art making opportunity alongside a professional artist that builds knowledge, appreciation and exposure to the arts.

Who is the artist?

Natalie Oswald is the artist in residence for 2014. A panel of teachers, administrators and parents selected Ms. Oswald from the many applications received. She works in a variety of media but primarily works in painting, printmaking and has done several murals. You can see examples of her work on her website


What kind of art will the students create?

The students will create individual masterpieces in paint, printmaking and collage. In addition, the students collaboratively will create a mural that will be painted on panels and installed in the cafeteria. To start the program, all the teachers have been invited to visit her studio during the month of January and view the mural she created this past summer just a block from her studio. You can check out the mural painting time-lapse video by Natalie Oswald and Joel Barber for the Tacoma Murals Project. This mural is located at 616 St Helens Avenue in Tacoma, WA.


How can I learn more about the projects that the students will be working on?

Watch for updates in Monday envelopes about the lessons that students are working on over the next few months. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail the ARTS Committee at Also, on Thursday, May 15th you are invited to attend the third annual Art Night in which the student artwork will be displayed and art-making projects will be available for everyone to create.


How can I help?

Volunteers are needed! Volunteer artist assistants help within the art class to distribute materials, help individual students and clean up following the class. Please consider volunteering if you can (and it doesn’t have to be for your own child’s class). REMEMBER, the Volunteer Application including a background verification form must be submitted to the main office prior to being able to volunteer within the school. Please sign up to volunteer for the ARTS Program by contacting Sandra Kuharic at

This program is funded through the PTSA. Thank you for your membership and support to allow art into the lives of every student at Sherman Elementary.


Artist in Residence Volunteer Form (pdf)