Back to Recycling!

Just like last year, my Foundations of Studio Art classes are saving the planet with recycled art projects! Here you can see what we have begun calling our "trash island". It is an ever-growing pile of stuff that has potential as art supplies. However it kind of explodes each class, and has to be re-sorted... Continue Reading →

Deco vs. Nouveau

What is the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco you ask? Think Titanic vs. Gatsby. (The Leonardo DiCaprio movies obviously.) This was the aim of our ceramics jewelry unit. I wanted all of my students to know the difference between Deco and Nouveau. As we travel back in time through the movements I want my... Continue Reading →

Clay, Hurray!

So our second to last structured assignment this year is vessel construction in ceramics. As promised, I am giving my students a taste of each material they could potentially sign up to focus on next year. This is important because for a rising sophomore, which my girls are soon to be, Stone Ridge offers Media... Continue Reading →

Dada

As I've mentioned we are moving back in time through the modern movements. In addition to keeping a living timeline in our sketchbooks we are also looking for connections in the philosophies of each movement and their techniques. It has been incredibly rewarding to hear them making connections from pop art to surrealism. This week... Continue Reading →

Finished Ceramics

Finally we got what we had be waiting for... OUR FINISHED PLATES AND CLOCKS. Those girls who had requested the clock mechanisms got the chance to instal them in their clocks, and they actually worked! Also, a lot of careful and hard work with the new glaze payed off. Our plates and clocks turned out... Continue Reading →

Smash-Crash Course in Ceramics

This past week in my Foundations of Studio Art class we began an experience with clay. Since I am determined to expose my freshman girls to as many techniques and materials in art as I possibly can I figured why not take advantage of our schools amazing resources and create some ceramic pieces.   There... Continue Reading →

First Day Back- Clay Attack!

Today was my first day back at Glen Echo, a national park and partnership for the arts that hosts a variety of children's and adult's classes in the arts. Today I focused on sculptures and preparation for our color wheels. How amazing are these  sculptures that we made by a few of the young 6-8... Continue Reading →

Flashback/Flash Forward

It is getting close to summertime and I am experiencing nostalgia.  I have now worked for 8 years as a summer art teacher at one of the most beautiful national park cites in the US, Glen Echo Park in Maryland. Here are a few gems from last year.  

Painted Ceramics

On Monday in the afternoon my Decorative Fine Arts Campers create decorative tiles, that become mini relief sculptures. They also create sculptures using the pinching and pulling technique. When it comes time to paint the finished, fired pieces I only do a brief demonstration and then let my students help themselves to paint (at this... Continue Reading →

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