Artist in Residence

The Freedom Elementary Parent Activity Committee is excited to sponsor Sharon Kilfoy as “Artist in Residence” March 21st through April 1st. Sharon is a mixed-media artist from Madison, and has conducted Artist-in-Residencies in schools since 1989. She specializes in large-scale mural projects and 3-D fabric/found art objects.

Sharon will be making figures out of fabric and related materials with kindergarten – 2nd graders, and making figures out of wood and other found objects with 3rd graders. She will be working with our 4th and 5th graders on a mural project.

This is an exciting opportunity for our students, school and community!

We are looking for the following:

1. donations of any crafty supplies and other found objects, such as:   empty thread spools, fabric scraps, ribbon, empty ribbon spools, bottle caps, empty plastic bottles (shampoo, ketchup or other bottles that would make a good figure shape and size), styrofoam balls, wire, yarn, buttons, small wood scraps, any other crafty items

2. a theme for the 4th & 5th grade mural (which will be painted in the cafeteria)

Mrs. Rudolph and the 4th & 5th graders will work on sketches for the mural from the submitted ideas. Mrs. Kilfoy will then take their drawings and put them all together with the students to create the final mural idea.

Donations can be dropped off in the “Artist in Residence Donations” box in the school office.  All ideas and suggestions for the mural can be placed in the “Artist in Residence Mural Ideas” box in the office or emailed to Ms. Rudolph at

We will need many classroom volunteers the 2 weeks Mrs. Kilfoy is here. We will need approximately four volunteers per class during the k-3 classes to help students pick out materials and glue parts together. Volunteers will also to take photos of the students and their found object sculptures when they are completed.

You can learn more about Sharon Kilfoy and her work at If you have any questions, please call Melissa Westemeier, PAC PRESIDENT, at 687-1671 or Susan Rudolph, ART TEACHER, at 788-7950.

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