Almost Perfect

This is an example of why it is important to spend time teaching 5 and 6 year olds how to clean up. When I said, "put the scraps on this chair" I didn't realize how may scraps we actually had... Oops. At least they were following my directions, and it is OK for teachers to... Continue Reading →

Studio/Classroom Space

Studio space can be something that either limits or enhances my lessons. Take, for example, the studio space that I have for my ceramics class. There is a double sink big enough for 4 students at a time, several huge table, 15 pottery wheels, and a slab roller for rolling slabs. This enables me to... Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up

We had our last Art Around the World class of the semester this week. To wrap things up we ended the semester using our drawing and paintings skills together in a watercolor resist project. Our country for the final week was Japan. We read The Beckoning Cat, by Koko Nishizuka. And then watched a slide... Continue Reading →

Finishing Up

This past week, December 4th, my Saturday Art School Ceramics students worked quickly and diligently to get all of there work ready for the final show, Saturday the 11th. Here you can see the two types of glazing options I gave these students. Just like the session before them we had buckets of glaze for... Continue Reading →

Canadian Colligraphs

Printmaking is inherently messy. Especially when you are conducting a printmaking lesson with young children. Young children are inherently messy even when there is no paint involved. This week, in my “Art Around the World” class, we embarked on a journey to Canada to make colligraphs. All I have to say about clean-up is that... Continue Reading →

Pinchy Animals

This project involves measuring out a  pound of clay and then creating an animal without ever detaching any piece. The objective for the student is to learn more about the possibilities of the clay and its physical properties and limitation. So what I did for this lesson was disguise the objective as a challenge to... Continue Reading →

Cleaning Up

Cleaning up can be a pain, for both the teacher and the students. Still, cleaning up is just as important to understanding the material as using it during work time. I recently made the mistake of not having the 4-5 year old students in my "Art Around the World" class clean up after they had... Continue Reading →

Glazing

Glazing can be a tricky thing to explain. Sometimes the color of the glaze is not the color it will be, and sometimes it kind of is. Sometimes you can mix colors together and sometimes you can't. Sometimes you dunk and sometimes you don't. Sometimes... I decided that since I value the process of trial... Continue Reading →

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