Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Empty Bowls Clay Project

Waitsfield students are in the midst of a fabulous Artist Residency with local potter Leslie Montalto.  All students, pre-K to grade 6 have worked with Leslie to make three types of bowls.  The first bowl is a simple pinch pot. The second is a slab bowl with printed texture. The third (and most students' favorite) is a bowl on the wheel. 

In addition to working with Leslie in the art classroom, students also spent a day making site visits to other potters' studios or working on specific clay projects.  The various activities included:
  • Building a "pit fire" kiln at Leslie's house
  • Learning about the Raku process with "The Naked Potter" Luke Iannuzzi
  • Visit to Noel Bailey's pottery studio
  • Working on pottery wheels at Montpelier Mud Studio
  • Building clay bells with Katie Babic
  • Hand-building pocket planters with potter Bobbie Platt (and me!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Club Creativity!

Katie Babic and I worked with a small group of students who were interested in having more art and creativity opportunities.  We met once a week after school to explore a variety of arts media and creative processes.  After attending such an inspiring Learning and the Brain Conference, this group became our test case for some of the ideas we learned about fostering creativity and curiosity and supporting kids' passions. 

A new session of Club Creativity will start after spring break!  Sign up to join us!
Here are some of the activities we explored: 

Egg carton flower wreath
Clay creatures

Egg carton flowers

Making buttons! 
Collage inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blind Contour Drawing

Blind Contour Drawing is an exercise where the artist does not look at the paper while drawing the contour or outline of an object or person.
Fifth and sixth grade artists created Blind Contour Portraits. Some students chose to add color.

Inspired by... The Scream!

First and second grade artists created their own versions of the famous painting and pastel drawing "The Scream," by Edvard Munch. Find out what makes each student want to scream!