Stacie, Re: clay
I too knew virtually nothing about ceramics when I started teaching. I
would encourage you to purchase some air-dry clay (I like the Amaco brand
that Dick Blick sells) and use that the first year. You just give each
student a portion and guide them thru it learning along with them and then
find a shelf to let them dry. It makes a nice refreshing project for right
after Christmas when the students start those winter blahs and by that time
you will have one semester under your belt. Do something easy like pinch
pots with the younger and animals (without skinny legs) with the older.
Then next summer you can research clay and kilns and perhaps take a class
and then expand your program to include fired clay, glazing etc. This is
what I did and I now do all kinds of clay and all kinds of projects and I
love it and so do the kids.
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] Eeek...more questions
Hi guys! I want to thank you all so much for your support and advice.
I'm working on my list. It's a huge challenge for me, but here are some
additional questions I have.
I am not trained in ceramics, but I understand that this can often be a
huge asset to any art program. I am hoping to take a course in the near
future. Should I ask for a kiln now or wait on it? If so, what kind would
you recommend...something affordable and fairly easy to use? I know nothing
about them. I figure I can always order the clay later on after I know what
Also, should I ask for a small baby press for linoleum prints and such?
How do you guys work pencils...I'm thinking my middle schoolers. Do you
have each student buy a set of drawing pencils or do you provide them?
Should I get sets or packs or what?
Is a round 72 brush set and one flat 72 brush set enough to start?
I'm sorry for asking so many questions, but I really feel clueless right