Kids Clay

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My spring session of Kids Clay included mostly repeat students.  This allowed me to introduce more difficult projects and let the kids make more creative choices.  We focused on three main projects that were multifaceted. We reviewed basic techniques, such as pinching, coiling, texture, slab and attaching to build the final work.  Students enjoyed the “play” factor: moving the pieces around to create their own stories.  It was a joy to see their creative solutions.

Project One: Turtles in their environment

Project Two: It’s my Birthday

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Project Three: Pretend you are a scientist and you discovered a new species of animal. Create that new animal.

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The pottery was created using low fire clay and glazing the bisque fired ware with low fire glazes. Kids create amazing pottery!

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New Arts – a new teaching experience

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A short experience teaching young students art brings wonder and joy!

Creating art from literature with 1st and 2nd graders..

 

A Trip to the City: listening to city noises, reading city books, sharing experiences with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders..

Adult Pottery

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Scenes from teaching Adult pottery at Potters Place.  I’ve been lucky to have had two groups of fantastic students this past session.  Here is a glimpse at some of the amazing work they have created both on the potters wheel and by hand.

Teaching Pottery

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My 14 week class of 12 young students has come to an end.  I’ll miss these students and the wonderful creative play they experienced with clay. Here is a look at some of their artwork:

 

 

 

Summer Pottery

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Summer pottery class with older students in grades 3-6 were taught techniques to create work in clay.  The older students were able to understand and grasp concepts in a different way than the younger students.  Sometimes they were more hesitant to take chances, but when they did, they were rewarded. Their finished pieces show maturity and understanding of skills.  Here is a look at a few of my favorite pieces from this 4 day summer pottery camp at Newton Community Education.

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Ben’s pinch pot dinosaur

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Mairead’s pinch pot turtle

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Brianna’s coil pot

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“Create your own” utilizing pinch pots and coil

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Mio’s “Create your own” utilizing slab, texturizing and scratch & attach with slip.

These imaginative students were a thoughtful group who found joy in creating with clay – yipee!

2D Art Camp

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In my classroom for 2D art camp, the students created all sorts of wonderful projects.  They were given many high quality materials to work with and learned how to use them.  Here is a look at some of my favorite projects from each lesson:

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(oil) Pastels and Watercolors

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Creating texture with Tempera Paint

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Painting Rocks with Acrylic Paint

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Collage!

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Creating books with colored pencils and regular pencils

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Colored markers and a composition that describes you!

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It’s the last day of summer! How would you spend it? Tell me in paint on a canvas….

I come away from teaching with a renewed sense of wonder 🙂

3D Art Camp

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We created some amazing work in my classroom this summer during 3D Art Camp!

Here is a look at some of my favorite projects from each lesson:

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Clay Aquariums in progress!

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Shoebox Dioramas

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Pipe cleaner Sculpture

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Weaving from Individual Drawings

We had such fun creating with all sorts of materials.  The kids were a creative group!

Summer Pottery

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Students in grades 1-5 spent time in my classroom this summer.  They learned techniques to work with clay and create pottery.  Here is a look at some of my favorite pieces from each lesson.

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Aanika’s Pinch Pot person

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Textured Fish Bowls created from slab and coil

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Jillian’s Aquarium

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Jack’s Coil Pot

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Elie’s “create your own” eric carle colorful caterpillar

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Isa’s “create your own” dwarf

It’s a gift to work with children.  Enjoy their creations pictured above 🙂

Kids Clay

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I have had the great opportunity to spend an afternoon once a week for the last 14 weeks with a group of 1-3rd graders to teach them about clay.  Here is a look at some of my favorite pieces from the semester…  This week is our final one and the children will see their glazed pieces and have their own art opening! This is my favorite day 🙂

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pinch pots with lids

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coiling

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mobiles from slab with a prompt: “to hang in your room”

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butterflies with texture

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themed projects – animals

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form and function with slab and coil

“Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.” -MaryAnn F. Kohl

Teaching at Potters Place

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I’m excited to offer instruction to adult students this spring at Potters Place, my cooperative studio located in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Details here.

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Starting on Monday, May 2nd  from 9am – 12pm, I will offer a pottery class for adult students of all levels.  This class is 6 weeks with a maximum class size of 6 students. Students will explore clay in both handbuilding and wheel throwing projects – beginning with clay and ending with a fully functional piece of ceramics.  The possibilities are limitless! Click here for details and how to sign up.

Further into the month of May, I will offer a 4 week class with a focus on “The Mug”. This class will take place on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm beginning May 17th. This class is for intermediate students (can center and pull a cylinder most of the time). Class size will not exceed 6 students.  More details here.

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If you are looking for instruction and these opportunities do not fit with your schedule, click over to my website where I list additional options for students of all ages, including an option for a private lesson.