Arts Committee

Co-Chair: Ilaria Cutolo
Co-Chair: Karen Ires

The Arts Committee oversees and supports all supplemental arts programs at PS 3,  including:

Thanks to the support of the PTA, PS 3 boasts a renowned music program. Developed and taught by the active professional musician Bruce Mack, our program focuses on enhancing day-to-day community life at PS 3, culturally enriching children’s lives by providing them with music as a means for self-expression and for building confidence. His three-stage program begins in K–1 classes with “Sing The Rhythm! If You Can Sing It, You Can Play It!,” when children are encouraged to realize that their voice is their first instrument. It continues in 2–3 grades with “The Chords That Bind Us,” which is intended to show students how music, with the right sequence of tones or “chords,” can unite a community; and in 4–5 grades with a performance-based creative music workshop. In addition to instructing children on how to listen, read, write, interpret, share, create, and enjoy music. Bruce brings his experiences as a musician directly into the classroom, which makes for a unique and lively experience. Most classes receive 45–50 minutes a week of instruction. PS 3 is fortunate to have a classroom dedicated to music. The PTA has furnished it with computers, audio recording and composition programs, and many musical instruments, including xylophone, drum set, congas, electric bass, and keyboards. The PS 3 music program has been celebrated in the acclaimed film When Fried Eggs Fly by director and parent Constantine Limperis.

Working artist Lenny Titzer is committed to teaching his students both the art and the science of clay and ceramics. He begins by laying out the history of clay, where it comes from and how it has been used throughout time in everyday culture. Even the youngest artists are then shown simple ways to work with clay, so that they can begin to express their ideas. Because ideas are sometimes best worked out first on paper, drawing skills are also taught. When possible, Lenny enjoys working with classroom teachers, adapting his classes to augment themes that they are working on in regular classes. For example, if the students are studying Native American culture, he will teach the children a coil method of bowl or form building, as well as specific cultural decoration and imagery. Lenny’s clay program has also provided students with extracurricular opportunities for working with clay. The ceramic mural in the cafeteria was created by students who wanted to spend more time working in the clay studio. This ambitious undertaking (and others throughout the school, such as the Adopt-a-Tile project) includes brainstorming sessions, drawing and painting lessons, layout skills, and glaze applications.

Additional Support for DOE Funded Arts at PS3
Each year the PTA provides classroom grants to PS 3’s art, dance, and computer teachers for supplies.

At PS 3 we are fortunate to have the PTA-funded “Scientist and Artist in Residence Program” (S.A.I.R.). This program provides funds for teachers to take advantage of the many art and science-based organizations in New York City. Teaching artists and scientists work with classroom teachers for approximately 11 weeks to create projects to support their curriculum. The project culminates with a public display of the work created. The program has included projects with such distinguished organizations as Bent On Learning (Yoga), The New Victory Theater, New York Guild of Handweavers, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Center for Architecture Foundation, and Write Mind, among many others.

DOWNLOAD a further explanation of the SAIR Program

Download a list of some of the Scientist and Artist in Residence options for PS3. These are organizations (including The Center for Architecture, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Urban Park Rangers and many more) with a variety of educational programs appropriate for elementary school students.

Click here to download if you are a teacher and would like instructions, and a form to submit your project proposal.