Saturday, July 30, 2016

3, 2, 1

Getting ready to blast off into a new school year. Number 28 for me. Hard to believe. I am excited at the many possibilities each new year brings.              Bring on '16-'17! 


Friday, May 6, 2016


Both third and fourth graders have finished up the year working on self-portraits.

Third graders were inspired by the works of folk artist Howard Finster who included text and images in his works. 

While fourth graders worked to draw from observation and convey strong emotions in facial features, color and imagery. The portraits remained as pencil line drawings, allowing the background to speak to the feeling. The students worked through thumbnail sketches and word lists to plan their final works. I was quite impressed.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Face Jugs 2016

Each year fifth graders create face jugs based on the ones attributed to African slaves and later Southern potters such as the Meaders family in North Georgia. We usually create forms that are more like mugs but the students are excited about making functional pieces. 

Students used hand-building techniques such as pinch and cool with modeled forms for details. Scoring and slipping was used to join details. 

For an overview of simple hand-building techniques, check out the presentation here.