The Wonder of Fossils

On Thursday afternoons at the Decorative Fine Arts camp, we gather rocks and leaves and bits of plants to bring back into the classroom. Then, with all the lights dimmed, I tell my students the story of how I found my first fossil while canoing down the Shenandoah River. It goes something like, "we all... Continue Reading →

Final Show/ Open Studio

The show was absolutely amazing. I was so happy to see each student showing of there artwork to their parents. I think the students also had a good time re-arranging the room and writing up the descriptions of each lesson. They took the whole show very seriously and I couldn't be happier with the result!

The Wonderful World of Ceramics (Part 1)

This past Saturday was our second to last day of ceramics at Pratt Institute's Saturday Art School. After my experience last semester where several pieces of student art work not being fired in time for our final show, I decided that the second to last week we would already be done with glazing and that... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Glazing

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.

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Scratching, Mushing, Adding, Subracting

This is an example of my ceramic students hard at work. Here you can see students working in pairs at the slab rolling station. Using communication and asking each other "are you ready?" before they begin, we learn that some art takes team work and more than two hands. We used tools to add and... Continue Reading →

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