Brush students enrolled in AP Photography had the special opportunity to participate in a workshop led by international artist Antonia Cruz, on Thursday, March 12th. Cruz, who is visiting the U.S. from her native Chile, possesses a unique approach which incorporates photography, painting and the digital manipulation of the two mediums in her artwork. During the workshop, Cruz presented examples of her artwork to the students. Following the presentation, students were given the task of researching a photographer who they were not familiar with. Students then applied their research by creating a portrait using techniques inspired by the selected artist.
Cruz was invited to conduct the workshop by Brush instructor Hadley Conner, who also serves on the Advisory Board of the Cleveland Print Room, which is hosting Cruz as part of the Creative Fusion program. Sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation, Creative Fusion is an urban-based, community focused program which hosts invited artists from across the globe for three-month long residencies in the fall and winter each year. The Cleveland Print Room will be displaying artwork created by Cruz from May 14-31st. Cruz will return to Brush High School in the spring to review the students’ work. In addition to promoting her work across the globe, Cruz has also taught various visual arts courses at her alma mater, Finis Terra University in Santiago, Chile.
The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools wish to thank Antonia Cruz for sharing her knowledge and passion for art with our students, as well as Hadley Conner and The Cleveland Print Room for making the special workshop possible.