By August Clawson, HHS Student
Germantown, Tennessee—August 20, 2019—Melissa Cychowski has been teaching many mediums of art for twenty-five years and has spent her last six years practicing her passion at Riverdale School. She recently entered the Germantown Education Foundation’s summer grant contest in high hopes of receiving a 3-D ceramic printer for the Riverdale STEAM program.
If you are wondering what STEAM means, it essentially mashes components of STEM and art to create technically advanced art. Traditional 3-D printers use non-organic materials to create, whereas the ceramic printer uses organic materials to make a traditional medium new again.
The Riverdale Art Department is always looking for more ways to incorporate new disciplines in their classes, and with the printer Mrs. Cychowski won, the department will be able to do exactly that. The software program paired with the ceramic printer is kid friendly and easy to learn. In the words of Melissa Cychowski, “I love seeing the lightbulb turn on when the kids realize they can do something they didn’t think they could.” The new ceramic printer will open new doors for young artists at Riverdale Elementary.