Glazing Continued…

Here are some more amazing examples of my Pratt Saturday Art School students glazing their amazing objects.

In case you are wondering what our inspiration has been (not story books) we have been looking at some living artists including: Megan Bogonovich, Alyssa Ettinger, and many more. I like to bring living, practicing, local artists into the classroom, because I feel like it gives ceramics more serious context.


Here are some images from last week in Saturday Art School Ceramics. Not only did we have students on the wheel, but we were doing drop molds AND glazing. I am looking forward to getting back to SAS Ceramics this week after our short Spring Break.

Super Amazing Objects.

Each student had to draw and write a proposal to me before they were aloud to grab handfuls of squishy fresh clay. “You need to have a direction!” I stressed. I also explained that if, while working with the clay, they changed their mind, they could. All I wanted was for them to have a well thought out place to start their experimentation.

Indian Green

This week in “Art Around the World”, we went to India. But because it was St. Patrick’s day I made sure to include the color green since we had already been to Ireland this semester. Each table had only yellow and blue in separate cups.

Drop Molds

“You cannot drop the drop molds! They are made of plaster, so they could crack. Please be careful.”

I am lucky to have a calm, respectful group of young tweens in my Saturday Art School. They respect me and my advice, but since they are kids they often get overly excited and make a goof here and there. Today we had some clay go through the slab roller with no canvas to protect it, and of course I wasn’t really annoyed, but I felt that I had to a stink. I wanted to make it into an example of how important it is that we respect the studio space.They bought it. I stressed that I didn’t care who did it just that it never happened again, and I am positive it wont.

So we created bowls using drop molds. It was a great day for experimentation.

Throwing Clay

“Yay! We get to throw clay at the wheels!”

Very funny. Ten year olds think they’re hilarious. This past Saturday Art School ceramics class we tried out the pottery wheel. Everyone looked excited… little did they know, what frustration and disappointment lay in wait. Fortunately for them, I was experienced in the difficulties and disappointment of the pottery wheel, and not a whole lot else. I have years of experience when it comes to using the wheel, but I have never really enjoyed it enough to pursue it and perfect my technique. I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to give a good example. As it turned out, my inability to make it look easy set my students up to feel better about how difficult this technique was. By the end of the class each student had made at least one, and no-one had gotten upset about their one or two or three failed attempts.


More trains this week as Art Around the World landed in Russia. Once I had everyone’s attention we thought about our castles from last week and looked at the type of castles they had in Russia. Then we looked at the Russian flag and thought of other flags that had the same colors. “The Britain Flag!” is what one of my male students yelled immediately. I was little disappointed with how long it took for someone to point out that the American flag was red white and blue…

The pictures of trains are what google images claimed to be Russian trains.

This is an abstract approach. Here two trains are whizzing past each other:

Obviously I LOVE this one.

Trains Part 1 (Choo Chooooo)

We used complimentary colors in the Triangles, Circles and Squares Oh My! class this week, and to make sure every single Thomas the tank engine obsessed toddler in my class had a good time we focused on TRAINS! Max actually screamed when he saw the book I was going to read, and again when the collage portion of the class started. So, to start out, we read The Little Engine That Could, by George Hauman. (I don’t own any Thomas the Tank Engine stories, unfortunately, but the little engine kind of looks like Thomas or is at least a blue steam engine train so close enough.)

We started with a blue and orange crayon drawing, then painted tissue on top of our crayon drawing using watered down elmers glue and brushes for an abstract resist effect. Our next project was the train collage. I had cut out a steam engine shape in either blue or orange for each of my four students. They were in charge of picking out the shapes that followed. They each glued the pieces of their train down with glue sticks and then using the blue and orange crayons to draw on top of the train shapes and gives them details like wheels, a conductor, steam coming out of the train, and anything else they wanted. Max worked very quietly next to his mom carefully telling her what he was drawing, “This is train track… a hitch!” She was so impressed by his ability to sit still through the entire lesson, and I was too. Max is know for spending 2 minutes on each project them running off to play with his trains. Last, we used the big chunky orange shape I had pre-cut, That was kind of a train shape kind of a car shape, to paint and test out rolling small plastic cars through the paint in order to make track marks. Luca loved this one best of all.


And here we have another week already done at Book Cultures Zip Zap Zoom! comic making class. Yet another visit with our favorite super heroes: Crabtastic was back in action sleeping and then not sleeping. Pizzaman and Chip met Once again for a battle of the food! The Regular Life of Luigi had a lot of explosions this week, and last but not least, Dashile our youngest artist and his father created yet another great story, this week about falling off of a boat and being eaten by a crab. FANTASTIC! Or maybe… Crabtastic?

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