|Encounters with Clay|
Work with clay as a medium in the classroom and understand its qualities.
Develop ideas about how to incorporate its use into different subject areas as Social Studies, Science, Cultural Awareness and Art Appreciation, while learning how to teach children to work with it.
The history of pottery will be explored, hand-building techniques will be demonstrated and experienced, and sample projects will be made. A genuine “hands-on” experience with visible results!
|Poetry - The Circle of Words|
Poetry is known to strengthen the self by revealing the unseen emotion inside us.
This workshop reveals and outlines the secrets of teaching with poetry through an overview of poetry’s purpose and place in human experience. The benefits of poetry as they apply to increased awareness, acceptance, and personal growth will be explored. A selection of poetry appropriate for different developmental stages will be included.
|Printmaking With and Without a Press|
Create your own prints and have fun while learning various printmaking techniques and how they can be adapted to K-12 classrooms.
As an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, printmaking can integrate well with Science, Social Studies and English.
For example, Gyotaku or “fish rubbing” integrates earth sciences and Japanese culture.
Relief printmaking techniques such as linoleum block printing and “soft cut” can be used to create Illuminated Manuscripts for creative writing projects or studies of Chaucer in English class.
Nature printing in Monotype or Collagraphs can work with both Plant Biology and Fossil studies. The possibilities are endless.
Illustration: A woodcut from William Caxton’s second edition of the Canterbury Tales printed in 1483