The Art of Screenpainting

The Art of Screenpainting

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The Art of Screenpainting

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Screen painting is a unique and traditional folk art that started in Baltimore back in 1913. In The Art of Screenpainting residency, students learn the history, techniques, tools, and functionality of the art form. This residency is custom-designed to meet your school’s needs and budget. Students can make individual “mini screens” or a large-scale mural to be installed at the school. Screen painting images can be created from observation, memory, or imagination and is a perfect medium to connect to content in the classroom curriculum.

Sample Common Core connection: 
3.MD.C.6 Geometric Measurement: Understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.


Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.

Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:

  • A kick-off assembly
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session
  • A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
  • A student culminating or sharing event
  • An evaluation meeting

For a rough estimate, residency prices include:

  • Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
  • A set of workshops ($100 each)
  • A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
  • An evaluation meeting ($100)
  • Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.

"John made the whole experience for every child memorable especially the students whose images were chosen for the screens. They felt their artwork was very valuable."

Dana, Teacher Mount Royal School

"This was truly an arts-integrated process for our third graders. The process of picture journaling their experiences with raising the terrapins has made that experience more memorable. The history of Poplar Island had more impact as it was explored through words and art. The students also learned Baltimore’s rich history in screen painting and now claim a piece of that tradition."

Kelly, Teacher, Arnold School