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Re: Teaching kids to center on the wheel


From: Sidnie Miller (smiller_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 28 2004 - 12:34:29 PST

I sometimes stand on the opposite side of the kiln, have the kids put
their hands on the wet clay and start to center and then I put my hands
over theirs and center it with their hands sandwiched in between. It
gives them a good idea about what I'm really doing and how much pressure
etc. You might give it a try. Sid

>>> 11/24/2004 10:58:26 PM >>>
Happy Thanksgiving to All,
I am in the middle of teaching a senior to work on the wheel.
He cannot seem to understand how to center no matter how many times i
him and talk to him about the process.
I am wondering what yall say to help kids learn this difficult skill.
So far we have worked on locking elbows in to center of body, putting
over center of wheel, only adding a few drops of water to aid in
hands over the clay, slowing down the wheel speed at first.

any other "dialogue" yall use to help students with this?
maybe i am just not saying the right things . . .

have a nice holiday,
nancy in north texas

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