Teen Summer Pottery

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Teaching teens pottery is a different experience from teaching elementary aged students even though there may be only a small age difference. Teens in middle and high school have had many more life experiences. They have acquired more creative tools. Their work has time to develop with a daily interaction with clay. Here is a look at what they created in our week long class this summer.

Teens explored building castles using coils and slabs. From left to right: clay is used to create buildings; castles are glazed in bright colors; artwork is finished with a glaze firing in the pottery kiln. Below are a few more finished pieces.

Once the students were familiar with architecture, they started their second project: architectural tiles.

The results were very unique and exciting to see. Starting with a clay slab, the students used their imagination to take the next steps. They then moved on to glazing and the tiles were fired.

For the final project, the students created a functional piece. They began with a flat two-dimensional slab of clay and turned it into a three dimensional mug. The theme was animals but some decided to move away from topic and create an original piece.

It’s always a great experience to teach clay for Newton Community Education! Check out my post on what the elementary aged students created during their weeks of summer pottery class.

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Kids Summer Pottery

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I had a great summer teaching pottery to kids in grades 2-5. They were fun and creative and seemed to really enjoy the experience of working with clay. Here’s a look at some of the projects we worked on in Week 1.

Coral Reefs: before with wet clay and after with colorful glazes.

Aquariums

Coil Pots

Functional Pottery

Here is a look at the projects we worked on in Week 2:

Pinch pot animals, sea creatures or fish (and the cookie monster!)

Covered jars in the form of a favorite dessert.

It’s always a great experience to teach clay for Newton Community Education! Check out my next post on what the teens created during their week of summer pottery class.

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!

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 🙂