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Clayworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of ceramic arts, advancement of artists and students and enrichment of the communities it serves. One of our teaching artists will travel to your school with all of the supplies necessary to lead the program of your choice. We will

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African Masks in Clay


Program Description

In this lesson, students will develop an understanding of the history of African Masks and how different regions of Africa influenced the traditions and look of the masks. Students will compare and contrast various forms of artistic expression associated with specific groups of people and geographic regions.  Students will also learn the basics of handbuilding with clay which they will then


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Program Detail

Program type: Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: African
Subject: Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

We have a very flexible, call or email Clayworks to schedule a session. 704-344-0795 (x2) or

Available times:

Flexible -can be a before school program, after school or within shcool hours. We will create the program based on your classroom schedules.

Max number of students: 25withanfeeof$15/additionalstudent
Length of :Program Workshops: 60-90 minutes / Residencies: min 45 per session up to 90 minutes.
Space / technical requirements:

Art classroom with tables chairs and water source.

We will provide all materials necessary for the project.




Onsite at the school

Fees / Ticketing:

Pricing will be determined by the number of classes we meet with in one day in combination with how many days a Clayworks instructor is leading the program.

Prices include, all materials, firings and delivery of finished projects to the school.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Students will learn mathematical concepts of precision when creating a sculptural piece, 21st century skills of reasoning and problem-solving when creating their piece, 21st century content specific skills of global awareness while learning about the creative process; The student will also practice common core expository writing skills (such as W2) when journaling about their experience, and critiquing their work. Students will strengthen their speaking and listening skills such as SL1, SL2 and SL3.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Visual Arts Standards:

V.2: Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. (B.V.2.1: Understand the role of planning in solving artistic problems, B.V.2.2: Understand the relationships between sensory awareness and artistic expression, B.V.2.3: Create personal, symbolic expression as a means of communication (original, visual language), I.V.2.1: Generate innovative solutions to artistic problems, I.V.2.2: Use experiences and observations to create content for art, I.V.2.3: Understand the role of emotion, imagination, and creativity in producing content for original art, P.V.2.1: Implement planning to arrive at original solutions to artistic problems, P.V.2.2: Recognize how personal experience influences the perception of the environment, P.V.2.3: Understand the relationship of creative expression to the development of personal style, A.V.2.1: Create original art in response to artistic problems, A.V.2.2: Create art using experiences and observation to represent individual perspectives, and A.V.2.3: Generate art based on a creative exploration of a concept.)

V.3: Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately. (B.V.3.1: Understand the appropriate and safe use of tools, media, and equipment, I.V.3.1: Understand the function of tools in creating art, I.V.3.3: Analyze the relationship between process and product, P.V.3.2: Analyze the relationship between media, processes, and results, P.V.3.3: Select appropriate processes and techniques to create art, A.V.3.1: Produce art by using a variety of tools and media appropriately, safely, and effectively and A.V.3.2: Produce art by using a variety of processes appropriately, safely, and effectively)

B.CX.1: Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of ceramics. 1.1 Use ceramics to explore concepts in world history and relate them to significant events, movements, ideas from a global context. 1.2 Explain how art influences historical perspectives on society.

CX.2: Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts. (B.CX.2.1: Analyze the contribution of art to the design of consumable goods, products, and services, both historical and contemporary, B.CX.2.3: Analyze the collaborative process in the creation of art, I.CX.2.3: Apply collaborative skills to create art, and P.CX.2.3: Understand the value of collaboration with peers to arrive at effective solutions to artistic problems specifically.)


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


  • Gallery 1 - Clayworks
  • African Mask


Teresa Strohl –Visual Arts Teacher, Barrianger Academic Center

Elisa Wadsworth, M.A. –Visual Arts Instructor, Mallard Creek High School

Jonathan Colburn –North Mecklenburh High School Ceramics Instructor and Fine Arts Dept. Chair.


Cancellation Policy

$100 cancellation fee within two weeks of the program (paid for by the school…ASC will not cover this cost).

With written agreement from Clayworks program coordinator and ASC program coordinator program dates and times can be rescheduled after the initial contract is submitted.

Any changes outside of the contract the day of the scheduled session that are not approved in advance will result in a $50 fee. (paid by the school/teacher…ASC will not cover this cost.)