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Artist Residency Programs


The cornerstone of the Morris Arts Education program is the Artist Residency Program, an interdisciplinary, in-depth program taking place over a two to six week period that demonstrates how the arts, woven into the curriculum with other academic disciplines, can inspire unique, creative and meaningful learning experiences for a school community. Artists, principals and teachers collaborate to create an educational experience that transcends the typical classroom experience by exploring multiple-intelligence, hands-on ways of learning. Students learn how to express themselves creatively while teachers are exposed to innovative strategies for implementing the Core Curriculum Content standards. 

Residencies range in price from $4000 to $7000, depending on the number of days and the number of teaching artists involved in the residency. Unlike assembly programs, all residencies are contracted and administered by Arts in Education director, Barbara Reuther  973-285-5115 ext. 16



New: Cartoons and Graphic Novels 

Children’s book illustrator and cartoonist Mike Moran will work with students in the process of telling a story with their artwork by creating finished products such as cartoon strips, panels, graphic novels and children’s books. The residency will guide students through the process of; character development and design, storytelling and writing, page sequence, color, background and layout design to print production. All with an emphasis on having fun. Mike Moran Illustration’s client list includes: Major League Baseball, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Dial Books, American Greetings, The New York Times and many, many more. He has worked for, children’s book, major magazines, newspapers, animation, toy packaging to greeting cards. Mike Moran; Grades 3-12


Mike Moran 973-966-6229

Circus Around the World with Circus Minimus 

Residency led by a former Big Apple Circus instructor has students study juggling, clowning, tumbling, partner acrobatics, human pyramid building, tight-wire, and much more. Circus Around the World is an integrated curriculum that allows students to research culture, history, social studies, language arts and geography of a chosen country, while acquiring circus skills. A collaborative approach among the artist, students, teachers and administrators builds to a joyous circus performance, which is presented to the whole community. Kevin O’Keefe; Grades K-8

Kevin O'Keefe 212.874.3976




It blends the practice of yoga with the skills of circus. Through this two-week interdisciplinary residency K-8 students will explore kinesiology, creativity and connection. Yoga is an ancient science that teaches us how to be aware of our bodies in action. Circus is a culture of inclusion and celebration that teaches us how remarkable we can be in our bodies. We will begin by exploring our anatomy and physiology as it relates to a particular skill. We will learn how the whole body and the focus of the mind contribute to our movement, choices, and abilities in any activity. CircusYoga offers a cooperative learning environment. Students are met where they are, and are encouraged to lead with their curiosity. Through this exploration each class will co-create a performance act. Some schools opt to offer a full-circle learning experience where kids teach their parents what they’ve learned in a family workshop. And some parents even choose to join us in the classroom everyday as life-long learners. The culminating experience is an hour-long CircusYoga Celebration open to the whole school community!  Erin Maile O’Keefe; Grades K-8

Erin Maile O'Keefe 212.874.3976



Mosaic and Tile Arts

Students collaborate with tile and mosaic artist Kathy Casper to create a lasting work of art for their school. From design to creation this celebrated artist guides students through each step of the creative process, exploring a variety of techniques. The mosaic process is well-suited to group work, where a range of tasks are shared by students of different levels of skill and interest. Kathy Casper; Grades K-12

Kathy Casper 856.630.8720

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Mural Arts with Dan Fenelon

New Jersey artist Dan Fenelon collaborates with school communities to create vibrant, high energy murals and installations. Students are led through the mural making process from theme development and planning - to participation in painting the finished work. Educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Dan has designed logos for Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the Discovery Channel’s American Choppers. He has designed large scale public murals in Montclair, Newark, South Orange and Grand Rapids. Dan Fenelon; Grades K-12

Dan Fenelon 973.966.1602                                                                                                                                                                                .

Mindful Murals

Mindful Murals is an arts residency that combines mindfulness practice with mural making. During the residency, students learn by experience the power of mindfulness and its connection to creativity.Upon completion, students have a tool box of mindfulness practices to use for stress reduction and focused attention, as well as a mural to not only beautify the school, but stand as a daily reminder of the practice.Jennifer Levine; Grades K-12

Jennifer Levine 973.634.3378                                                                                                                                .

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Pages to Players JR

This residency affords students the opportunity to explore a Shakespeare play in all its dimensions, from reading and discussion to rehearsal and performance. Working with the education staff of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the residency begins with an exploration of ensemble, introducing students to valuable skills for creative collaboration and problem-solving. Working with an abridged Shakespeare text, the students will explore both physical and verbal forms of expression, building self-confidence and the fluent, effective use of language. As time permits, the residency will make interdisciplinary connections to art, music and other areas that can enhance theatrical storytelling, but Shakespeare’s language remains absolutely central. Each residency will culminate in a performance by the student ensemble. Schools may also wish to add a performance by The Shakespeare Theatre’s educational touring company, Shakespeare LIVE! This residency is designed for a four- to six-week period, but shorter residencies may be possible. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Grades 4-8

Doug West 973.845.6742



NEW:Printmaking with Eileen Foti

Master printer, professor, and teaching artist, Eileen Foti, has been introducing K-12 classes and university students, as well as teachers and professional artists to collaborative printmaking for over 30 years.  She has developed the Chipboard Relief process; a low-tech, non-toxic technique that can be successfully explored by children, novice printmakers and seasoned artists.   Both simple and sophisticated prints can be made with or without a printing press. This technique is great for studios and classrooms that are not equipped with special ventilation, as soybean-based inks will be used and can be cleaned up with soap and water. Eileen Foti; Grades 4-12 

Eileen Foti 732.809.3578


The Possibilities of Glass

J. Kenneth Leap is New Jersey’s premiere architectural stained-glass designer. With a career stretching over 3 decades, he has completed installations in nearly every county in the state. As a teaching artist, he has lead professional development workshops, given presentations on the history and science of glass, and performed interactive demonstrations of medieval and renaissance techniques. In collaboration with schools, he has led student groups to create architectural installations celebrating local history while learning the storytelling power of glass. Students learn traditional and contemporary glass techniques including enameling, fusing and glass mosaic. Kenneth works with teachers and administrators to develop a custom program tailored to compliment your curriculum-based core skills and learning outcomes. J. Kenneth Leap; Grades 4-12; Price on request

J. Kenneth Leap 609.682.0456                                                                                                                                                                        

Real Beauty: Uncovered - Let's Be Real

"Real Beauty: Uncovered" provides schools with a comprehensive "Let’s Be Real" educational program, designed to help students develop an authentic sense of their own beauty and value regardless of society’s constraints and peer pressure. It promotes the understanding that beauty comes from within. In a world where touched-up and altered images in the media distort our perceptions, "Real Beauty: Uncovered" challenges students to accept themselves for who they really are. Through this lesson of self-acceptance, students are given the tools to boost their confidence, deal with bullying, eating disorders, etc., and appreciate others as well. This program is made up of a series of classes for students, an interview/photography session with each participant and a culminating event for students and the community as a whole. Dani Allen; Grades 4-12

Daniela Allen 973.713.3293                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Sing About Learning

Students learn about the mechanics of songwriting and poetry, how to express themselves in different genres of music appropriate to their theme while also reinforcing the subject matter of their song (selected by the teacher). Every student will participate in a brainstorming session followed by lyric writing and trying out different song styles. The program includes two days of songwriting and a final day when all of the songs are recorded. At the conclusion, each child receives an mp3 version of every song written that year. As an option, a school can elect to have a Sharing Concert. Scott Bierko; Grades K-6

Scott Bierko 800.364.5381

A Sound Venture

This residency offers a musical global studies adventure as students discover the limitless array of sounds available to the percussionist. African instruments and their new world offspring are used to explore and experience music principles, multi-cultural studies, instrument making or geography. The residency can be designed to support a specific unit of study or curriculum themes such as African-American or colonial music, rhythms & songs, ecology, storytelling and writing. An appropriate culminating activity such as informal sharing, recording or performance will conclude the residency. Ron McBee; Grades K-12

Ron McBee 347.432.03.12




Spiritree residencies draw on the power of art-making to tap the many talents and intelligences of students. The thematically defined interdisciplinary projects integrate the arts with the curriculum as students create masks, giant puppets and life-size figures in paper mâché and engage in creative research. Themes focus on subject areas such as history, literature or science and are chosen by teachers and the artists. So that students may share their creative learning experiences with others, each residency culminates in an installation, pageant or parade. Two- or three-week sessions. Marco Giammetti and Carol Hendrickson; Grades K-12

Marco Giammetti and Carol Hendrickson

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This hybrid art form combines the radiant colors of stained glass, and the assembling method of mosaics. Students work collaboratively to design an image and make it by adhering stained glass with silicone onto a clear glass sheet. Grout is applied to fill the spaces between the glass pieces, and visually mimic the leading of traditional windows. Students are empowered by learning to cut glass, and challenged to work as a team to complete their luminous windows. Kit Sailer; Grades 7-12

Kit Sailer 201.344.7940

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We Are All Artists

A residency with muralist and Art Educator Caren Frost Olmsted unleashes the artist in each student that participates in the creation of a stunning, theme driven mural. Every student will get to participate in the painting (no matter what their skill level) with the end result of knowing that they have left a permanent artistic legacy behind. Olmsted will design a mural tailored to the age level and based upon themes provided by the school, such as local history, landscapes, and community ideals. The duration of the project will be determined by the size and scale of the walls to be painted and the number of students to be included. Once the mural is complete, Olmsted will do any necessary touch-ups, as well as seal the wall for longevity and easy maintenance. This residency is also an excellent opportunity for parent volunteers to participate in a special school event. Caren Frost Olmsted; Grades K-12; $500 daily plus expenses (as an example, a 45 foot long wall with 100 students will be an 8 day residency = $4000 plus expenses)   

Caren Frost Olmsted 908.208.7516

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World Dance

During this dance residency, students learn folk dances representing different countries and cultures, while also learning about history, geography and music. Each class learns a different dance and then all classes learn one common dance, all of which are performed at a culminating assembly program for the school, parents and community. All classes perform in full costume, and each dance segment is introduced with a description of the country of origin and the history of the dance. Dances can include: Chinese Ribbon Dance, African Lion Dance, Russian Trepak, Highland Fling, Classical Japanese Fan Dance, Japanese Taiko Drumming, Cicerennella, Italian Folk Dance, Australian Aboriginal Dance, French Minuet, Mexican Clap Dance, Merengue, Colonial dances and others! Joanna Pang Atkins; Grades K-8  

Joanna Pang Atkins 973.325.2045

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