Jennifer IwasykArtist: Jennifer Iwasyk
33 Hart St,
Providence, RI 02906-2659
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Portrait artist/painter/muralist Jennifer Iwasyk draws on a diverse community of people for her art. She has taught in public schools, the RISD Young Artist program, senior centers and public libraries. Jennifer collaborates with teachers and students to explore history and develop an appreciation for different cultures through drawing and painting portraits that focus on traditional dress and costume. Attention is paid to items of adornment, tools and weapons, giving context and meaning to the art forms. Students are encouraged to incorporate these details into their finished portraits. Jen's programs merge the past with current trends. In her “historic selfie” workshop students might act as researchers discovering items of clothing and adornment from historic eras; these time traveller portraits convey students as citizens of the past. All portrait workshops can be modified in collaboration with the needs of a school’s curriculum or age group.