This hands-on professional development workshop helps teachers to reinforce the understanding of the science and math of flight by making and flying kites. Participants learn the principles of flight, the history of kites and the art of kite decoration by making three different types of kites that really fly! Added themes include history, Chinese brush painting and art history. This program was developed as part of the Kennedy Center’s professional development initiative.
After discussing the nature of abstracting and animating the human face, students explore the traditions, and cultural and social importance of the Day of the Dead festivities. Each student creates a skull face from a lump of porcelain clay.
Learning about human anatomy has never been this fun. In this interactive workshop the secrets of Renaissance history and mystery are unlocked. Although Leonardo Da Vinci used cadavers to study the proportions of the human body, Augusto teaches the same things through art. Students learn the proportions of the human body as well as name and location of body parts, muscles, bones and organs.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Westerners have long been fascinated by the Japanese Tea Ceremony. In Japan, the act of drinking tea is more than an elaborate ritual. It is an interlude which leads to the spirit of beauty, quietude and politeness toward others. In this three-session workshop, students craft their personal tea bowls from clay and decorate with colorful glazes. The experience culminates with the students celebrating the Tea Ceremony using their own tea bowls. Includes video support materials exploring Japanese art and culture.
Students learn the history and process behind this ancient Indonesian dying process which uses hot wax, permanent dyes and natural fabric. Students gain an understanding of the physical changes and chemical reactions involved in the art of batik. They experience how color can change through the technique of layering. Using any theme from your curriculum, Wendy guides students in creating large collaborative murals or personalized individual fabrics.
Through a hands-on clay experience, students learn the unique place pottery held in the cultures of Native Americans and European settlers in 1800’s Ohio. History and social studies come alive for your students as each participant takes home a piece of pottery created and decorated in traditional Native American style.
Design a ceramic quilt using mixed media techniques as a tool to discover individual roots, appreciate classroom diversity and richness. The theme of the mural is unique to every group of students. The final product is a public art mural that demonstrates the value and beauty of each individual’s contribution to our diverse society. Material fee determined by project.