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.
4506 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205
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 of the totem poles and their function, students will sketch and design their poles as a group. Each group will then sculpt their own ceramic totem poles using the coil and pinch methods of handbuilding. Discussions and projects will be age/grade appropriate.
Most schools use this project as an opportunity for their students to make an totem piece that is part of a greater totem pole and displayed as an art installation on their school campus.
Workshops: Will create a totem piece per student. If the full 90 minutes is available, students will have the opportunity to add a little color to their pieces.
Residencies: Students will have the opportunity to dive more in depth into the history of totems as well as spend the 3rd day decorating with colored underglazes.
Projects will travel back to Clayworks to dry and be fired before being returned to Clayworks. We will provide rebar for installing the totems. Installation of the piece is not included.
Flexible, Contact Clayworks to schedule
Flexible – Before shcool program, after school or during school bell schedule
Art classroom with tables chairs and water source.
at your shcool
Workshops: $300 for 60-90 minutes
Residency: 3 days for $800 (we will work within your scheduled class time)
Price includes all materials needed for the workshop, firing of projects, rebar for displaying and delivery.
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.
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.)
$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 (Erin Elliot) program dates and times can be rescheduled after the initial contract is submitted.
Any changes outside of the contract that are not approved by Ms. Hughes and Ms. Elliot (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.