Integrated Ceramic Arts Presentations Thursday Dec. 5th 10am at Good Will-Hinckley

The primitive kiln we built to fire our clay vessels with the Humanities classes.

The primitive kiln we built to fire our clay vessels with the Humanities classes.

Students have been working hard for the past 8 weeks in Earth Science, Math, Humanities and Ceramic Sculpture and now they’d like to show you what they’ve learned.  Educators Emily Gribben, Ana Rothschild, Derek Veilleux, Dylan Engler, Brenda Poulin, and Nick Balfour have graciously allowed me to come into their classrooms and use clay to explore and expand the curriculum. The hope was that students would engage and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

In Humanities classes we researched Native American culture by creating coil pots using local clay, decorating with colored clay slips, burnishing and firing our pots on campus in a fire pit that we built ourselves. In Math class we studied artists such as MC Escher and Gaudi to create Tessellations and then created our very own tile wall piece that will grace the hallways of Means for years. In Earth Science we located clay on campus and dug soil samples, testing those for shrinkage, absorption and plasticity. We mixed 100 lbs. of local clay for future use as well as created tiles using geological formations as our inspiration. In Ceramic Sculpture we studied contemporary ceramic artists such as Valera Baytsa, a Russian Ceramicist and concepts such as texture, space, design, and more. To see more about each class please visit older posts.

We will be exhibiting our work and showing our powerpoint presentations in the cafeteria  at 10 am on Thursday December 5th on the Good Will-Hinckley Campus. We’ll be sharing what we’ve learned with the Cornville Charter School 5th- 7th graders and we are also welcoming the parents, administrators, and the public to see what we’ve been up to and listen to what we’ve discovered.  We hope that you will join us and celebrate our success.  If you’d like more information please contact me, Malley Weber at hallowellclayworks@myfairpoint.net

If you’d like to know more about MeANS and Good Will-Hinckley please visit www.gwh.org

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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