I love working with clay! I find this art form to be very relaxing and rewarding. Starting with a chunk of mud and pinching, rolling, forming the malleable material into your eye’s vision is just the first step. Once fired and bisqued, you then work with the color and glazes, bringing even more life to your piece.Clay and kids naturally go together – it is like making mud pies in the water soaked sandbox or building a sand castle at the beach – only much more permanent.The current school year is wrapping up and while I am busy binding my sixth graders’ writing portfolios, I am also looking forward to teaching art this summer. I will be teaching art again this summer as part of a three week summer school. I like to start the three weeks with a clay project. We need to start with the clay to allow time to dry, fire, glaze, and fire.
So my mind is busy thinking of all the clay possibilities. Maybe personal totem poles this year, or tea pots, or whistles. In the past, I’ve done lots of the bowls, plates, animals, luminaries, and mugs with students. It’s time to get creative!
Below are a few of the many student pieces from the past.
Fish plaques made by 3rd and 4th graders.
Sandcastles made by 5th and 6th graders.
Sea snakes made by 1st and 2nd graders.
A pumpkin patch made by students.
Assorted tiles made by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
A self-portrait made by my daughter.
As you can see, with clay the possibilities are endless! Looking forward to bringing art to students this summer!
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