Friday, February 26, 2016

Artist of the Month

Just a tiny bit early!  Congratulations kind, smart, caring and artistic students!

Third grade coil pots

I've taught coil pots for many years now, but I always love seeing the different and unique ways some of the students create them.  I think my demos have been pretty standard each year and each day of the week.  I always demonstrate the regular coils and then what I call the ziz-zag coils, the snail coil, the square coil and the loopy coil.  I always do this on a vase-like form.  During the first day, we discuss the difference between functionality and decoration.  Some students get really caught up on this and don't want any holes in their piece so it can be functional.  Other students completely wow me with their totally special and different designs.  I also really enjoy seeing the choices the students make in their glazing.  Check out this years:


a tea pot!  with a lid!

This is how glaze turns out!

tea pot?  beautiful mug?  AWESOME!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Arts Day for K-2

It finally happened!  The Adventure into the Arts Day for grades K-2 was this past Wednesday.  Wow, what a truly fantastic day!  We had so many different forms of the "arts" that the students got to watch and participate in.  Hip hop and Indian dancing, drumming, shadow puppetry, mosaic, oragami, sun print photography, painting, pottery, glazing ceramics, folk singing, paper making, fabric arts, and I might be missing something!  WOW!  Thanks to all the great artists who gave us your day.  Here's a few pictures of the awesome day.