From Geometry to Escher: Teaching Tessellations in Math and Art (Professional Development)

From Geometry to Escher: Teaching Tessellations in Math and Art (Professional Development)

This hands-on, exciting workshop is designed to help teachers enhance the learning of tessellations by exploring the intersection of math and art. Math students discover new possibilities by expanding tessellations usually made from regular and semi-regular polygons while art students learn the geometric underpinnings in the work of graphic artist M. C. Escher. This program was developed as part of the Kennedy Center’s professional development initiative.

Piece by Piece: Creating Mosaics from Found Objects

Using materials as diverse as broken ceramic tiles and pottery, found objects, toys and costume jewelry, George and your students create a memorable mosaic for your school. Location? Tables, benches, table tops and door and window surrounds are just a few possibilities. And no firing makes this an ideal ceramic project for schools without kilns.

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Kristen Cliffel

Everbloom (workshop)

Craft a sculpture that is always in bloom! Using ceramic pots, wood and many enticing embellishments, Kristen transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary! Children get a hands on experience building a small, mixed-media sculpture. Discussing and analyzing ratios, color and shape is a part of assembling this three-dimensional piece.

Kristen Cliffel

Everbloom (early childhood)

Create a sculpture that is always in bloom! Using ceramic pots, wood and many enticing embellishments, students get a hands-on experience building a small, mixed-media sculpture. Discuss and analyze ratios, color and shape while assembling a three-dimensional celebration of life and growth.

Drawing Conclusions

Building on Young Audiences’ proven Arts For Learning curricula, students will conceive and write a new plot line related to the children’s verse “Humpty Dumpty.” These new scenarios are then illustrated by the students in a storyboard format and ultimately presented to the class. Prompts like “Was Humpty pushed?” or “Were the king’s men simply inept?” are used to stimulate a collective creative process utilizing numerous visual art, literacy and Language Arts tie-ins. A final book artifact can be published. Residency of 5 sessions.

Glass Fusion (Professional Development)

Teachers create their own two-sided pendant using the science of glass fusion. This art form uses dichroic glass, stringers, confetti and frits heated in a table top kiln. This program integrates with the science curriculum, addressing concepts such as physical and chemical changes and energy states. Additional material fees apply.

Glass Fusion Mural

Building on the exciting science of glass art, students have the opportunity to create a beautiful wall mural of glass tile. Students learn the science of glass fusion, a process that combines glass particles into tiles which the group designs produces and heats in table top kilns provided by the artist. Students learn to work together, share ideas and expand critical thinking skills. This program can be integrated with any theme being studied in the classroom. Minimum three-day residency.

Glass Fusion Pendants

Invite your students into the fascinating world of fused glass, right in your classroom! Students learn about the process of glass fusion by combining materials to make a glass pendant and heating them in small tabletop kilns. Glass fusion is not only a fun, spontaneous art form but it also illuminates the science behind heating glass. Using dichroic glass, stringers, confetti and frits which are all glass particles, students create a beautiful wearable dichroic glass pendant. This project requires one full day of workshops.

Imaginative Illustrations

Examine the mystery and fun of cartooning. Simple scribble or an abstract shape is turned into a recognizable character (fish, dog, person, etc.) or scene. Older students can explore the facets of cartoon concepting, working together to create humorous panels involving historical subject matter. Basic story elements are discussed as well as techniques to convey emotions through facial drawings. Finally, students draw a character utilizing basic geometric shapes.

Inch by Inch: Planting a Garden in Story, Song, and a Clay Project

Inspired by Inch by Inch: The Garden Song Book, ceramic artist and former professional musician George Woideck uses reading, song and clay to teach valuable lessons about nutrition and the earth. Students bring home their own clay sculpture to reinforce the learning experience.