Visiting artist teaches craft of clay at Sagebrush

Visiting artist teaches craft of clay at Sagebrush


I think it’s really important that art is
in their lives because it’s more than just making art, it’s about looking at
things in different ways, figuring out and problem-solving understanding
and medium understanding what it is you’re doing. I wanted to do clay with my students this
year but my background is more in two-dimensional art
so I wanted to bring in an expert. I
knew about think 360 so I went online and found Marie Gibbons, our artist, and we
have created whistles and rattles in the style of South American animals. Melinda
came to me and said she was really excited about the idea of making
whistles so we talked about it cause they can be problematic that you know their
trial scientific in some ways that you have to get air to flow exactly the
right way. We talked a little more and I brought in the
idea of rattles too so that way it’s a nice fail safe because they
can use the same form and if the whistle part is just getting too frustrating
you don’t have a failed piece, you just have a piece that now converts
into a rattle instead of a whistle. I’m learning just as much as the students
because I’m learning the clay form and the clay structure as they’re learning
it. So many of them have been
able to make their little forms turn into a whistle and I have not. So I told
them you’re the expert I’m not the expert so they love hearing that and I
think a lot of students love engaging with this material. It�s less intimidating
somehow than drawing because it’s very tactile it�s kind of kinetic and they
can really get into it they get their hands dirty. It�s skills, their life skills. They kind of �hit the ground running with
it and did a great job. Thank you Cherry Creek
Schools Foundation. This has been an amazing experience for Sagebrush,
for our fifth grade students. They’ve learned so much, they’ve gotten the
opportunity to work with an amazing artist, and I have learned
so much which I can bring now to all my students. So thank you very much.

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