The Silver Line (6th-8th Grades)

The Silver Line Residency is an Arts Partners program developed in 2015 with funding from the Ulrich Museum of Art.

A play on words, The Silver Line Residency will engage students in researching current humanitarian issues through art, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil rights, and urban life. Students will identify one image by Gordon Parks that they feel reflects these themes in a personally affecting way. Students will additionally identify one image/symbol that serves as a personal response that establishes a strong narrative relation to "hope, change, or beauty." Using their selected images, students will then translate the "issue" through a black and white painting, creatively juxtaposing the "response," or "the silver lining" in color, within the composition. This enables critical thinking about current cultural issues, painting as a political/narrative device, and art/design principles.

SECD: Social Awareness, Core Principles

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Appropriate for ages: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Max Audience: one class
Costs: $464 includes five 45-minute workshops and a planning meeting. Minimal supplies TBD at the planning meeting.


Josh Tripoli

Josh Tripoli is an active artist with an unwavering commitment to high-quality aesthetic standards and professional work ethic. Tripoli specializes in abstract and representational painting and his work has been exhibited on numerous occasions at local and national galleries. Hosts include The World Monuments Fund Gallery in New York City, The Lyndon B. Johnson Department of Education Building in Washington D.C., Walnut Street Gallery, The Bomb Shelter, The Vagabond, and Caffe Moderne. Artistic honors include selections in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, notably a national Gold Key for the painting Monument to Poverty, a national Silver Key for portfolio, and two regional Gold Keys.

Most recently, Tripoli has been directing community paintings for the Deaf Kids’ Art Network and working with the Douglas Design District on four large outdoor murals as part of a beautification and revitalization effort funded through the State of Kansas.


Josh has been so great with our kids and the staff and students at our school are so happy and impressed with our mural. Josh is extremely professional and we are so lucky to have him as part of this experience.

O. Orozco, Hamilton Middle School

Without a doubt, the ability of the teaching artist to engage and utilize the strengths of each students were remarkable. Taking students, many of whom have never enrolled in an art class, and engaging them on this level is impressive to say the least. I’d definitely recommend this program and experience to others.

S. Phillips, Wichita Collegiate School, Wichita

The students were very engaged in the process and proud of their end result.

C. Graves, McLean Science and Technology Magnet, Wichita

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