Transitioning from elementary school to middle school can be an exciting and terrifying time. Intuitive art teachers have found that creating a commemorative piece allows a transitioning child to explore who they are before they move to middle school to increase self awareness and promote self esteem . By creating a piece in clay, students use multiple disciplines (their brains and their hands).
Susan Brum (Hog Wild Pottery) and I helped 5th grade students at the Boyden School in Walpole create these tiles (pictured) by providing them with a “wet clay” tile, teaching scratch and slip technique, and gently guiding them toward their goals. It was their art teacher who helped them develop their original sketches, will help them paint with colorful glazes and ultimately fire their pieces in their very own school kiln.
At Potters Place, my cooperative studio, we enjoy working with these teachers to help them reach the goals they have for their students. The commemorative tile project is something all 5th grade students can benefit from.