Lake Ridge Elementary’s artists in residence focus on ongoing arts education with students
Posted on 09/26/2019
Artists in residence Stacy and Stace Ridgeway with some of the murals they have painted and a student helping to pain a mural.

New murals decorate the walls at Lake Ridge Elementary School thanks to the talents of Stacy and Stace Ridgeway, father and son artists. The Ridgeways recently spent a week as artists in residence at Lake Ridge. They are familiar to many throughout the School Division as the artists behind the murals in several Prince William County Public Schools.

During their residency, the father and son duo worked with the art teacher to expand what she was working on with each grade level, from helping kindergarten students hold pencils and paintbrushes to assisting fifth-graders in learning about color, shading, and three-point perspectives. Focusing on the basics for each grade-level, they worked hard to make classes fun and engaging, while providing hands-on opportunities for students as they taught mural painting. Their primary goal was to help students develop skills, knowledge, and understanding about art. They divided their time between teaching art and painting new murals for the school.

“Ultimately we want our program to inspire students to find something that inspires them to make art, engage in the creative process, and incorporate art into a permanent component of their daily life,” explained Stace Ridgeway.

The new murals at Lake Ridge can be viewed in the main lobby and hallways throughout the school.