I am fortunate to be embarking on my first year at Pinnacle, so I don't know a whole lot about the students individually. As a whole, though, I know that our students are responsible, mature, and self-driven learners. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to facilitate their learning as they study Art History, Art Movements, Studio Arts and whatever else their heart desires. I am specifically interested in the Potter's Wheel for my High School students, because the chance to throw pottery and take it through the firing process is a magical experience that I would love all students to have. Next year we will be adding 11th grade, and 12th grade the following year. For this reason, I would love to work on getting a Potter's Wheel in my classroom. We already have an amazing kiln, and I have plans to purchase clay and glazes to work with other methods as much I can, but having the Potter's Wheel would allow SO much more creativity in our class!
Having a Potter's Wheel in the classroom would allow the students to learn so much about the history, process of culture that surrounds Ceramics. The Wheel would allow my students to practice centering clay, which instills focus and patience that can be carried throughout all their courses. Creating a successful piece on a wheel is difficult, but incredibly rewarding.
There is a whole world out there at our fingertips, and I want my students to be able to "dig in the mud" and experience the cultures of the past, present, and future for themselves!
Starting in the Stone Age, through the Renaissance and even now with commercial and handmade pottery, Ceramics is a long-standing tradition of Art making that I do not want my students to miss!
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