Primary Discipline: Visual Arts
Areas of Specialty: Sculpture, Batik, Celebration Arts, Parades, Puppetry, Masks and Props
Based in: Port Townsend
Thaddeus Jurczynski teaches science and art in the Pi Alternative program at the Chimacum School District but also presents science and art enrichment programs for other schools and programs. He offers workshops and residencies in reed/bamboo sculptures, lanterns, puppetry, batik, self-portraits, kirigami and celebration art. He also offers science workshops in various subjects, including physics, color theory, rocketry, and the scientific method. He is a graduate of the Teaching Artist Training Lab program.
Thaddeus also enjoys the challenge of creating theatrical puppets. These include a Cyclops and Scylla for “The Odyssey,” flying seagulls and an angry rhino on wheels for “James and the Giant Peach,” and the Audrey Two puppets for “Little Shop of Horrors.” His puppets and sculptures can sometimes be seen in local parades and in selected locations. During First Night in Port Townsend, a 6-ft tall glowing anchor he created is hoisted to the top of a tall crane, followed by fireworks!
I consider myself a catalyst. My role is to provide students with the tools, materials, and guidance they need for discovery learning. I believe that learning is something that children do, not something that is done to them. I want children to know they can be artists and to learn how they can use art based knowledge and skills. I enjoy working with kids and am inspired by what they create. I enjoy working in the public schools because I am able to have an impact on so many students. I also enjoy collaborating with teachers.
Suitable for Grades: K-12
Preferred Grades: 3-12
Curriculum Integration Possibilities: Literacy, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Technology, Other Arts Disciplines
- Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers
- Working with at risk student
- Working with students who are English Language Learners