“Pour Your Art Out” at TC Williams High School

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association partners with TC Williams High School and The Art League for “Pour Your Art Out!” Iron Pour Initiative

Alexandria, VA- The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) will launch Pour Your Art Out!, a project designed to give students a memorable hands-on art experience. Teaming with experienced ironworker Philip Harrison, the Torpedo Factory Artists will work with 40 art students and staff at TC Williams High School. The project, which will take place during class over the course of three days, involves students designing and creating iron castings.

From May 19 – 20, 2016, students will be instructed how to design, carve, and prepare molds for castings. On May 23, 2016, students will each pour two tiles out of iron— one to keep, and one that will be saved for a future community-based public art project on the Alexandria Waterfront.

Pour Your Art Out! will educate students on the basics of iron and foundry work, as well as teach Alexandria City Public School students that the arts and crafts trades are viable careers. Students will be taught the history and significance of blacksmithing and the iron trades— in addition to chemistry, design, and mold-making. The project requires collaboration and teamwork, and offers the involved teachers an interesting way to teach local history, materials science, and engineering.

The May 2016 partnership with TC Williams High School will serve as a pilot program. With support from Torpedo Factory’s educational partner, The Art League, and the greater Alexandria community, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association has a goal of offering the Pour Your Art Out! program to students at all Alexandria City Public Schools. If you are interested in more information or would like to make a donation to Pour Your Art Out! please contact Abbey Alison McClain at abbey@tfaa.info or 703-539-2596.

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