Our students are rural Minnesotan kids. Our students have great work ethic and pride for their school. Our school has a high poverty rate. Students have the mentality of taking care of their school and their property. Our school is very clean, and our equipment is well taken care of. Our kids do not have a lot of exposure to art, as we do not have museums or public sculptures locally. Most of our students' experiences with art happen in art class.
Some of the projects that I have planned this semester include functional projects such as coil pots, wheel throwing, and pinch pots. Students are also working on creating book covers made out of clay which will display their two dimensional artwork.
Students love the hands-on learning that they get when they work with clay.
Regardless of ability level, working with clay is rewarding for students. All students are able to bring home projects that they are proud of. Working with clay is excellent for students who need sensory manipulatives to get through their day, as well as students who need a little bit of stress relief (which, is pretty much all students). In this way, these projects serve as art therapy while maintaining and achieving state and national learning goals and standards. I have many students who create excellent projects that they and their families cherish for years to come.
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