Up, Up and Away! The Art, Science and Geometry of Making and Flying Kites (professional development)

Augusto Bordelois

The Vault of Secret Dreams

In this incredible residency, students design, build and cast a three-dimensional mosaic and cement sculpture, challenging them with math and engineering concepts. Students write down their dreams, secrets and fears and place them in a vault, a secure place they create and seal with cement. The outside of the vault is beautiful mosaic that the students design themselves. The students calculate the amount of cement needed in cubic feet and they figure out what kind and how much mesh to use inside the sculpture. Students estimate what the final weight of the piece will be using mathematical calculations. This unique experience creates a lasting and beautiful piece of art that will endure for decades and can be displayed inside or outside your school! A completed vault can weigh several hundred pounds and may be made in any shape desired. This residency typically takes several days to complete. Material fee determined by project.

Dinosaur Fables

This storytelling and visual art workshop keeps students laughing and learning from the beginning to end. Augusto tells a wonderful story about dinosaurs and illustrates them in real time as he tells it. Throughout the story, Augusto weaves in a discussion about the water cycle, the depletion of natural resources and alternative energy sources. In the one day workshop, students create a small clay dinosaur. In an extended residency, students work in groups to build clay and metal wire dinosaur sculptures that are 2-3 feet long. Material fee determined by project.

Deepening the Understanding of Symmetry with Mosaics (Professional Development)

The teaching of symmetry comes alive through the creation of individual mosaic designs inspired by ceramic works of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Math, history and geography unite in this in this hands-on workshop. This program was developed as part of the Kennedy Center’s professional development initiative.

You are Here Mural

Based upon the common map element that declares “YOU ARE HERE”, students create a clay map depicting their school and the neighborhood and environment that surround it. The map invites all students to share what they see in the neighborhood. This includes houses, buildings, trees, animals, faces, birds and cars. Involve the whole school to share individual observations.

Creative Adventures (Out of School Time Program)

Cuban-born visual artist Augusto Bordelois encourages students to follow the flow of the creative process and experiment with new tools and materials in his workshops. Whether its painting blindfolded, reading a story and learning how to illustrate, or creating a ceramic quilt out of mixed media, students are inspired by Augusto, who helps bring children self-discovery through art. Every workshop has students creating, laughing and learning.

Creating a Lasting Tile or Mosaic Mural

Teachers, staff and parents all join together in designing and creating a colorful tile mural or mosaic based on a theme chosen by the school community. George’s tile murals add beauty or a message to any location indoors or out with a permanent work of art. A variation is the Portal Project, allowing students to gain experience in architectural ceramics, relief sculpture and design as they construct a door or window surrounded in decorated clay tiles. (Access to a kiln is not required.)

Clay Time (early childhood)

Children create their very own clay art. George inspires young fingers to feel, pinch and mold clay into a wonderful variety of shapes. (20 children maximum)

Clay Can Do It (Professional Development)

Teachers change their ideas of what can be done with clay. Kristen breaks down the artificial boundaries of the ceramics studio and shows new techniques that are low-tech and successful. Learn about building in sections, using common objects as molds, explore color and scale, and brush up on kiln practices. This workshop prepares teachers to guide budding young artists in creating fabulous ceramic sculpture.

Clay Animal Sculpture

The plasticity of clay is an excellent material to model physical features and explore how those features determine body shape and function. You can also create character traits and emotions by shaping the face. Students use their hands and common household utensils to create an animal from a lump of clay. As they create their own animals, they give them a personality and explore body form and function of other vertebrate animals within a species. Workshop can focus on either birds or fish.