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News Release

For Immediate Release

September 4, 2013

Contact: Megan Watson

Communications Coordinator

Arts for Learning

Phone (317) 925-4043×120







 Highlighting Arts for Learning’s Partnership with St. Roch Catholic School

Indianapolis – March 18, 2014 … Arts for Learning proudly announces the successful arts integration partnership it shares with St. Roch Catholic School. The year-long residency, which brought 3 artists in to work with 6th-8th grade students, features Digital Game Design, Japanese Traditional Bamboo Brush Painting, Printmaking, and Papermaking.

“Our partnership with Arts for Learning has been one our greatest successes this year.  Our entire middle school has experienced paper making, Japanese Sumi-e painting, and digital video design.  Each Tuesday when our students meet with the artists there is excitement in the air!  Each of the artists we have partnered with take pride in building relationships with our students, and passionately sharing their knowledge of the arts. Without a doubt their knowledge and expertise has improved our school,” says Principal Joe Hansen, St. Roch Catholic School.

The Digital Game Design workshop, which allows students to create their own rudimentary video game, has been especially powerful for the students. Each class, rotating quarterly, begins with the basics of design and ends the quarter with a video game of their own. With the help of Arts for Learning teaching artist Shawn Whistler, they learn the difference between “objects,” “sprites,” and “backgrounds.” This art form allows them to harness 21st century skills in design, computing, and technology. The 6th-8th grade classes created games similar to this one, below.

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Papermaking and printmaking, with artist Laura Friesen, gives each student the chance to learn about different types of paper and how each is made. Choosing from recycling paper or paper made from plants, students create their own paper and incorporate styles, designs, and colors.

Artist Garret Uyeno brings “Sumi-e” Japanese Brush Painting to the students each Tuesday. This art form brings Japanese culture in to the classroom through the art form of traditional painting and the “Four Gentlemen” brushstroke techniques. The program meets curriculum standards in Asian Culture, Critical Thinking, Life Skills, Social Studies, and World History & Culture.

Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, works with more than 61,000 students each year to provide quality arts in education programs to schools, community centers, parks, and juvenile detention centers throughout the state. As the oldest and largest provider of professional arts education programs in the state, the organization offers programs ranging from African drumming to songwriting to visual art. More information may be found on Arts for Learning’s website at


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