I am piloting an art program for 6th-8th grade students in a rural, farming community in Illinois. The grade school where I teach is a K-8 building with just over 60 students; the entire junior high consists of only 23 students! I believe it is my duty as an educator to seek out as many ways to help my students and support their educational interests as I can.
Many of my students have never had art before and I am hoping to provide them with a wide array of opportunities to explore and create this year!
In talking with my students, I discovered ceramics and pottery sparked a particular interest in them. I myself own a wheel and have a kiln at home where I could fire their pieces, however, I would love to be able to provide them with the experience of creating their own works and exploring various techniques at their own pace.
With the help of my last project I was able to purchase several pottery wheels, however we are still in need of some bat pins that did not come with the wheels.
My students are really looking forward to begin our ceramics unit later this month. We were extremely fortunate and had our project earlier this year funded and were able to purchase several pottery wheels for our school. However, we need just a few finishing touches before we are good to go. We need pottery bat pins to hold the bats on place while the wheels are spinning, and would also like to purchase some glaze for when we are firing our pieces. With these final items, we will be set!
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