Anthony Bradford and Katherine Gullo
The Poetry Bench
Students work with Mr. Bradford to create a verbal, poetic self-portrait & with Ms. Gullo to produce a visual self-portrait on tile. The final creation is a “poetry bench” – a wooden bench upon which the tiles of their portraits & poems are installed. The program concludes with an Assembly to which the students’s parents are invited to hear their children read the poems they wrote & to see the finished bench for the first time.Working in two artistic mediums (word & image), the students learn for themselves how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, & they experience the satisfaction of making a
functional, beautiful, & enduring object which they have made together as a class to give to their school. NYS Learning Standards: ELA 1-3 ARTS 1,2,4, SS 2, MST 1,2,4-7
B.A. English & American Literature – Princeton University. M.A.
English & American Literature University of Nebraska. Taught literature & writing courses at the college level & creative writing in public schools in arts-in-education.
B.F.A. Painting & Drawing from Pratt Institute, Ceramics & Jewelry at Parson’s School of Design & the Craft Students League, New York. Taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Cloisters). Assistant Teacher of Cloisonne & Enameling at the Craft Students League.