NEXT Clay Class for Kids is Monday, January 27th at 3:30 – last day to register is Friday, January 24th

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Kids Clay Class is Monday, January 27th - last day to register is Friday, January 24th

The Dedham Square Artist Guild has teamed up with the Dedham Community House to offer art classes. My next Clay Class for Kids is Monday, January 27th – last day to register is Friday, January 24th.

Clay Class for Kids (first grade and older) will be a “Valentine’s Day” themed class. Last year I taught my students to create a pinch pot that they decorated, some made heart shaped bowls. There was also an opportunity to make a flat tile so that students could play with surface elements like stamping and adding clay elements. Using non-toxic red and white paint, students decorated their work.

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For this year’s class, we may try something different.

I clear coat the students works of art and fire them in a kiln (at Potters Place, my cooperative studio in Walpole). Finished artwork will be available toward the end of February at the Dedham Square Artist Guild Gallery, 553 High Street in Dedham Square.

I am hosting additional clay classes and those are listed on my website.

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Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving

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Clay Class for Kids ~ Thanksgiving

On November 4th, I hosted a clay class for kids at the Dedham Community House. The class was an hour long workshop designed to give kids, 1st through 5th grade, exposure to clay. They learn techniques and create a piece of pottery. There is always a literary or art component to my classes so kids can take away an art history lesson as well as a hands on experience.

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Having a theme is always fun and “Thanksgiving” is a great one! There is food, foliage, and many stories the kids want to share about their own Thanksgiving traditions. The kids start with a slab of clay to practice with. We talk about rolling coils for a frame. We talk about making impressions with objects such as leaves and stamps. We talk about attaching clay images to the tile by using the slip and score technique. We talk about carving into the clay.

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Once they have had time to play and try out the different techniques, I give them a fresh clay tile. We stop for a minute to talk about Thanksgiving. I teach them about Norman Rockwell and show them pictures of his famous holiday meal painting. We talk about the students’ holiday traditions and then they begin their project.

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Some of the students decide to make wall pockets with their tile, so we add holes. We let the clay dry a little and then the kids add color with paint.

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After class, I take the tiles home to my studio where they have ample time to dry.

I paint them with a clear glaze fire them in a kiln at Potters Place. Once finished, I added a couple of items for the students … an easel for display or a pretty ribbon for hanging before packaging them up for the students.

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I will be offering my next Clay Class for Kids on Monday, December 2nd. The theme will be “Animals”. The class takes place at the Dedham Community House from 3:15-4:15pm. The deadline to sign up is Friday, November 29th. Click here to register.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dedham Square Artist Guild Artists Offer Classes

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Dedham Square Artist Guild Artists Offer Classes

Here are options for clay classes offered by me:

If your child is interested in learning the basics of pottery, this class
is a great way to try it out. Each student will create a hand built item from about a pound of clay. Different dates will have different themes and teach new techniques.
The finished work will be left with the instructor to apply clear glaze and
fire it in a kiln. Families will be contacted when art is ready for pick
up.

Monday, October 7th 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Halloween
Monday, November 4th 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Thanksgiving
Monday, December 2nd 3:15-4:15 pm theme: Animals
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Clay Class ~ Commemorative Tile
Grades 5 – 8
7:00-8:00 PM

This class will explore self expression in the form of a commemorative
tile. Students will design their project, create a 3 dimensional sculptural
tile, add details with colorful underglaze paints, coat the tile with a
clear glaze and learn about the kiln firing process (instructor will kiln
fire the completed work and contact students when ready for pick up)

Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, October 31 (no class – it’s halloween!)
Thursday, November 7
Thursday, November 14

Registration for classes … follow the link to Dedham Community House

Clay Workshop for kids

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Clay Workshop for kids

Thursday, May 2nd from 1-2pm, I will be hosting a clay workshop for students first grade and older at the Dedham Community House in Dedham Square. Students will create a bunny using low fire clay and their imaginations! The bunny pictured here was created in a previous class. Students will learn to make the body and head, attach eyes, ears, paws and a tail while giving the bunny a personality of its own! This is a wet clay class and students will not be painting. Instructor will clear glaze and finished work will be available for pick up at the Dedham Square Artist Guild.

This class was designed to take place duing early release Thursday for Dedham students in first grade and up. Sign up by Monday, April 29th on the Dedham Community House website at http://www.dedhamcommunityhouse.org/program-calendar.html?task=view_event&event_id=139

Elm Street School Comemmorative Tile Project – Part Three

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Elm Street School Comemmorative Tile Project – Part Three

The tiles have been clear glazed and fired in a low fire kiln at Potters Place. Next they head back to Elm Street School where they will be grouted and displayed on the wall for all to see. What a great project!

Click here for Part two and Part one.

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.