Metallic Emoticon Mural
January 03, 2018

Metallic Emoticon Mural

One of my favorite ways to start my ceramics course is with a collaborative project that introduces and reviews clay construction techniques. I have both beginning and advanced ceramics students in the same period, so I love finding new ideas. I was excited when I saw inspiring artworks at Portland, Oregon’s Saturday Market. Sculptor Andrew […]

Sesquicentennial Ceramic Summatives, eh?
January 03, 2018

Sesquicentennial Ceramic Summatives, eh?

To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, we asked students to think about Canadian citizens who have made a difference, and to create a unique clay figure where their likeness and achievements could be creatively linked in a sculpture. There certainly is no shortage of Canadians that have made significant contributions, and the class had no trouble arriving […]

Stepping Stones / February 2018
January 03, 2018

Stepping Stones / February 2018

Stepping Stones is a monthly column that breaks down seemingly daunting tasks into simple, manageable “steps” that any art educator can take and apply directly to their classroom. Stepping Stones will explore a variety of topics and share advice for art-on-a-cart teachers and those with art rooms. COURAGE WITH CLAY by Heidi O’Hanley One of […]

First-Grade Portraits with Pendants
February 10, 2017

First-Grade Portraits with Pendants

While browsing a 2010 issue of Arts & Activities magazine, I was inspired to begin an ambitious portrait project with my first-grade artists. I wanted to introduce an easy clay project to my first-grade classes—one that would give them ample opportunity to explore working with clay for the very first time. I knew that they […]