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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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First Nations Totem


Program Description

Ceramics has a long and rich history not just in the state of North Carolina but worldwide. This workshop introduces students to the cultural practices of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Totem poles were and are used for a variety of purposes. As house poles, they symbolize the wealth of the family while other poles recount significant myths or local events. After a brief discussion


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Program Detail

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

Flexible, Contact Clayworks to schedule

Available times:

Flexible – Before shcool program, after school or during school bell schedule

Length of :Program Minimum of 60 minutes and up to 90 minutes.
Space / technical requirements:

Art classroom with tables chairs and water source.





at your shcool

Fees / Ticketing:

Pricing will be determined by the number of classes seen in one day and the number of program visits.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Students will learn mathematical concepts of precision and 21st-century skills of reasoning and problem-solving when creating totem poles.

Students will encounter 21st-century content specific skills of global awareness while discussing Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures.

Students will strengthen their speaking and listening skills such as SL1, SL2 and SL3.

Students will also explore working as a group in collaborative creative process, articulating the concept behind their artwork and the process by which they decided on both the design and the narrative illustrated by the artwork.

NC Essential 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)

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).

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



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 (Susan Hughes) and ASC program coordinator program dates and times can be rescheduled after the initial contract is submitted.

Any changes outside of the contract that are not approved by (including spontaneous changes of times and length of program) will result in a $50 fee. (paid by the school/teacher…ASC will not cover this cost.) Even if the program still happens.