These last past weeks have been FULL of ceramics! Every single class in HT has had the opportunity to make a ceramic work of art…so parents expect your children to come home with clay art very, VERY soon (if they haven’t already)!
Students have been glazing their pieces and they are going right into the kiln afterwards.
Glazing is a very interesting process because the colors do NOT look like what you’d expect them to. So I have to explain and show the students what the colors will really look like when they come out of the kiln.
Since 7th grade made pinch pots, I seized the opportunity to teach the students about Greek vessels and the various vessel shapes. They selected a shape, practiced it, and then made a final copy.
This is a scratch away piece. So students color in their vases with an oil pastel, followed by painting in with a special scratch away paint. Once the paint is dry, the students use special greek design sheets to scratch designs into their vessels.
How cool are these?
This week we were fortunate to have some amazing weather!! Thank you April! As much as I love to be outdoors, sometimes the projects we’re working on, just can’t be brought outside (wind, paint, MESS, etc.)….but NOT THIS WEEK! 5th grade is finishing up their weaving projects, and the wonderful thing about weaving, is that you can do it just about anywhere. So we gathered our materials and went outside…
I hope May is good to us too and we can take our artmaking outside again.
This week in afterschool ceramics, we are creating coil pots….and although I have a tendency to love everything the students create, I REALLY, REALLY love these. Even the kids commented how much cooler they look when they’re done vs first starting out…just goes to show, that you can’t really judge your artwork until it’s done.
Take a look!
Good News Galore Ya’ll!! So I can finally share the surprise that I had mentioned a couple blogs ago. Let me preface this by giving a HUGE, MASSIVE “Thank Youuuu” to the Hillel Torah PTA for sponsoring this AMAZING addition to the art classroom. You ladies are fabulous and I just can’t thank you enough for this! I’d also like to thank our business administrator Dov Shandalov who assisted in making this process run smoothly (it wasn’t easy!) and Rivka Varnai for helping this idea come to fruition! Our students are about to benefit tremendously and I know without a doubt – they are going to love every second of this new experience. Thank you, thank you! So are you all ready for the surprise???
Hillel Torah now has it’s very own KILN!!!!
For those of you that don’t know what a Kiln is: it is essentially an oven for baking ceramics. This is super fantastic for students of all ages as this now gives our kids the opportunity to work with clay, texture, and bring a 3-Dimensional element to our art program. I anticipate the clay portion of art to begin around Spring and go through summer break. How exciting!! Am I right?? Thank you again PTA!
Ok so this past Monday I went to the Nursery school to visit my Little Littles and if you have children at the Nursery School, then I’m sure you might have seen these displayed. I taught the Little Ones about the fabulous artist that is Roy Lichtenstein.
We talked about his use of Primary colors and dots. And THENNNN we used our OWN face to create a Roy Lichtenstein inspired work of art!
Last thing I will talk about in this week’s blog is dun dun dunnnnnn: MACCABIA!
I am assisting the students in creating their banners for the competition portion of MACCABIA. My role is one of guidance. These kids have been so amazingly motivated and independent: I am so excited to see the finished products!