Commemorative Tiles ~ Art Education

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Commemorative Tiles ~ Art Education

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.

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Playing with Clay

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Playing with Clay

Children approach clay in so many different ways. Some jump right in with lots of energy, others drift off into a world of their imagination, some are tentative and enjoy working with another who might provide encouragement. Given the opportunity to play, they find their way and grasp onto some element that gives them joy. They respond to the temperature of the clay, the feel of it, the mess (!) , and the freedom. Thank you to the wonderful creative students I shared my afternoon with today at the Dedham Community House teaching hand-building with clay.

Half Day Thursday Clay Class for Kids – January 31st

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Half Day Thursday Clay Class for Kids - January 31st

The Dedham Square Artist Guild has teamed up with the Dedham Community House to offer art classes. I’m offering one to kids this coming Thursday, January 31st from 1-2:30, and one to adults in February.

Half Day Thursday Clay Class for Kids (first grade and older) will be a “Valentine’s Day” themed class. I’ll teach the young artists how to create a pinch pot that they can decorate with hearts for make into a heart shaped bowl. There will be an opportunity to make a flat tile so that students can play with surface elements like stamping and adding clay elements. Using non-toxic red and white paint, students will further decorate their work. I will clear coat these works of art and fire them in a kiln (at Potters Place, my cooperative studio in Walpole).

There will be supplies available for making Valentine’s Day cards to take home that day. Finished artwork will be available toward the end of February at the Guild Gallery on High Street in Dedham.

There is still room in the class! Click the photo to register – deadline is Monday.