Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cultural Arts T-Shirts

Today we printed our shirts with help from St.Joe's volunteers for the picnic tomorrow. The design is a compilation of drawings by Freddy, Murph, Mike S. and Mike G.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Screenprinting with CEVA

Today CEVA printed split-fountain t-shirts for the upcoming picnic. By the end of the class everyone was a master screenprinter.

Monday, August 24, 2009

monday projects

Shawn has been making a lot of oil pastel drawings this summer.

Freddy can often be seen drawing colorful Philadelphia rowhouses from memory.

Roderick has been enjoying playing the mbira

Myron and Mike can be seen here working on large scale playing cards.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

colorful activities

Sandy helped with a guerilla installation of collaborative sculpture pieces as a small but beautiful transformation the public landscape.

Mike S. painted a lovely portrait of a Chinese Opera singer.

Murph painted an awesome cat.

Teresa made a friendly ghost to haunt our building.

faux fishing

Emilia reappropriated some art objects from the spring to facilitate a fishing game. Jason can be seen above with part of his haul.

pyramid society

After completing our step pyramid of cardboard that we salvaged from the other workshops of PDDC, we began building a society of cardboard people to inhabit its space.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Our art community had a vibrant and productive afternoon today!

Rasheed rocked out on the organ.

James immersed himself in a beading project.

Charlene was hard at work on another book of illustrations.

David composed a dense watercolor painting.

Peter filled up more pages with his colorful patterns.

our haus

Freddy added a third dimension to his love of coloring representations of houses. We filled his sky blue house with multi-colored pastel light and set it up between the turtle terrarium and our community boombox.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

tug of peace

summer fun

awakening the dragon

Yesterday we completed our take on a dragon typically seen in Chinese New Year celebrations, and had a small parade in the Cultural Arts Center. In photos: Anthony, Hector, Mike, Yvonne, Sandy, Eph, Casey, Jason, Sarah, Peter

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Employee of the Month

Our very own Sarah Smothers won employee of the month. We are so thankful for her contributions to the Cultural Arts Center and are glad that she has been recognized for her many accomplishments here at PDDC.

Music with Stephan

Today we had a special guest Stephan Tsapatoris come in to sing songs and play music with us during morning circle. In photos: Mark, Myron, Timmy, Tyesha and Stephan, Charles, Timmy, Rasheed, Stephan and Hector.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Today Emilia and Michael led a ceramics class and helped everyone make coil pots for our garden. In photos: Sandy, Myron, George, Ron, Marie, Mike, Isiah and Anthony.

Mr. Sprinkles

We have a new class pet- Mr. Red Sprinkles, a red ear slider turtle. Tonya brought him into the Cultural Arts Center last week and he has been loving his new digs. In photos: Mr. Sprinkles!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Chinese Ribbon Dancing

Our dance teacher Alie Vidich has been teaching us Chinese Ribbon dancing in conjunction with our humanities program.