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..

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 🙂

Community Outreach

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Potters Place is a not for profit pottery school and a cooperative studio for clay artisans. Located in Walpole, Massachusetts, it is interwoven into the community it has called home for over 30 years. Their mission is to spread their love of pottery.  This takes many forms from raising funds through the sale of specific pottery (most recently to benefit the League School art program) to going into schools with clay to enrich the students.

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The students who transition from elementary to middle school annually work on a tile project that celebrates their interests and leaves a lasting artifact. Completed tiles are hung on the wall and students are able to stop in and see them years later.

Working with the art teachers, Potters Place instructors provide real clay to students. Showing them ways to make their two dimensional drawings into three dimensional tiles with coils, incising, scratch and attach with slip method, and more.

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Adding color with glaze is the second phase where the students add details to their tiles.

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Parents are always interested in getting involved in this project.  We welcome them to the Potters Place studio where they put on the final glaze before the tiles go into the kiln.

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When the tiles are finished, Potters Place delivers them to the school and they are framed and hung on the wall.  The students are thrilled to see their very own tiles for years to come!

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Find out more about Potters Place in Walpole, MA by clicking over to the webpage at www.pottersplace.info

 

Potters in local schools

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Potters in local schools

With 96 tiles in tow, Potters Place potters Susan Brum and Lisa Walker visit the 5th grade at Elm Street Elementary School to instruct on clay.  This is the first of a two part visit.  Part one gives the students a chance to create a tile using a wet clay tile.  We teach them how to create relief (build up and add on) as well as to incise or carve to translate their two dimensional  idea into a three dimensional sculptural tile.

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The students worked really hard.  They were focused, creative and enjoyed working with the clay.  At the end of our visit, we gave a preview of the painting they will do when we return next week.  They will be able to add details and color before their work heads back to Potters Place to fire in the kiln.

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Some of the many beautiful tiles created at Elm Street School:

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Makes you smile, doesn’t it?!

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Great attention to detail and the look of someone having a lot of fun playing with clay!

Kids Clay – Monday, March 10th – 3:30 – 4:30pm

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Kids Clay – Monday, March 10 – 3:30-4:30

My Kids Clay class is a wonderful way for kids to explore.

Working with your hands and experiencing art in any medium is a chance to learn another way to solve a problem.

Dedham Community House classes have been created to meet the Dedham Square Artist Guild artists. As one of these artists, I have the opportunity to instruct clay to all ages. Classes can be set up on request. I’d love to hear from you and can be reached through the Dedham Square Artist Guild at www.dedhamguid.com.

Here is a look at a clay class at the Dedham Community House:

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Register for my NEXT CLASS by Friday, March 7th by clicking here.