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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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!

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

Kids Clay

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“Art, like play, helps children to understand their world. But art goes beyond play, enabling them to express their personal experiences and fantasies in ways that are concrete and compelling, even when they are unable to articulate the events in words” Nancy Beal, The Art of Teaching Art to Children

Today is the last pottery class of the session I have with my elementary aged students. Here are a few of my favorite pieces to illustrate how they expressed themselves with the tools I taught them.

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pinch pot Jack O’Lantern

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Start with a pinch pot, pinch and pull it into something Halloween -y ~ guess who dressed up as a witch on a broomstick?!

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Have fun with coils and learn scratch and attach with slip

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Tiles from start to finish – tile cut slab, add/subtract clay, surface decoration

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Let’s make our favorite animals ~ walrus (make them hollow so they won’t blow up in the kiln!)

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What does winter mean to you ?This student used coils to make a christmas tree and added colorful presents.

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Functionality of pottery ~ a tray for cookies!

 

More art instruction ~ class- one day, class – multiple days