Imagine a studio full of every possible form of material that allows for infinite creativity. My students are some of the most inventive people and my goal is to afford them the opportunity to be able to express themselves using all forms and techniques of art.
The students in my room are an incredibly diverse group of learners that come from all socio-economic and academic backgrounds, where 40+ languages are spoken daily.
Yet, art offers everyone at our school a shared language for communication because it provides them the opportunity for self-expression and exploration. Picasso famously said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” We need to provide them that ability to stay an artist at heart. Even realizing that most kids will not embark on a career in the arts, my goal is to help them keep that spark of ingenuity that I witness every day, which will hopefully push them towards something in their life that matters to them.
With the addition of this clay tool to our classroom, we will be able to apply real-world scenarios of making clay pieces that are functional, while reinforcing the importance of craftsmanship.
The Grip is designed to hold clay in place after being thrown on the wheel to allow the maker to finish the bottom of the bowl by creating a lip, adding designs, and trimming.
Learning how to make a functional vessel is important because it teaches not only patience through gross and fine motor skills by a multi-step process, but the worth and significance of making something by hand. This material will enhance another layer of creation to our studio, allowing for another outlet of self-expression.
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