Native American pottery is our inspiration for a pot made out of air dried red clay.  Using the coil method the pot that we make will have the influence of the techniques used by Native Americans in style shape and design.  We will use a white paint to paint a band on the pot and scratch in designs(a technique called sgrafitto))

Out of white air dry clay, we will construct an animal using a pinch pot method.  This will be painted with watercolors. A slide show of animal sculptures will be shown to understand moving  or dynamic poses instead of a static pose.  . Animal can be real or fantasy. We will use water to add pieces together.

We will also make stamps and rollers to be used in future projects.

Clay wood and wire assemblage  Using Picasso and other assemblage artists as inspiration,  we will talk about picking a theme or a story for our sculpture.  We will write out or draw several ideas.  once an idea is decided, the main objects will be made out of white or red air dry clay.  We will use a slab method to make our shapes and decorate them with the stamps and rollers that we previously made.  Each shape will have a section of wire inserted inside.  when dry, the next day, we will paint with the watercolors.

Our last project will be made out of firing clay.  We will look at cups and mug styles and learn how to create a mug that we can drink out of after it is fired.  Scratching in designs, using our stamps, or applique clay shapes onto the mug.  This will be returned to it’s plastic bag and brought back to the workshop for firing.

Tie dye t-shirt

Covid -19 Policies

Covid -19 Policies

We will be following the Ohio issued guidelines for Schools

  • Class sizes are reduced to 9 in the classroom and 6 in the pottery wheel studio.  This was the recommendation for our space.  All children and teachers will wear a mask at all times.
  • Children will be seated 6 feet apart and will need to remain seated throughout the class. Students will not be permitted to walk around. If you KNOW that your child can not remain seated for 1 hour or will not wear a mask voluntarily, please do not send them to our studio. We will have a zero tolerance for breaking these rules. And the student will be asked to leave the class without a refund possibility. Please understand, this is for everyone’s safety.
  • We are offering virtual art lessons as an alternative to physically sitting in the class.
  • Each student will be given their own supplies to use during the class.   We are requesting students bring a shoe box or a plastic container for this purpose.
  • When a student leaves for the day, the table and chair will be sanitized by the teacher.
  • We will not be using aprons, so campers are encouraged to wear old cloths.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask in the main studio for pottery wheel. All wheels are 6 feet apart and spread out among 2 rooms. There will be reduced class size to 6 students.  Again, supplies will not be shared. Each person will have their own set of tools, sponge and towel for the week. It will be up to them to keep them clean. There will be a thorough sanitizing process after a student leaves the wheel. As usual, the campers will clean their area and then the teacher will do the sanitizing process. We will make every effort to keep students 6 feet apart while they are watching the instructor.
  • Teachers will always wear a mask when close to the children.
  • We will have sanitizers on each table for the students use.
  • Your child’s temperature will be taken upon entering the classroom each time.

Regretfully, we must suspend classes for the rest of this year for our 3, 4 and 5 year old students.  We do not believe that it is possible to keep them truly safe in our environment.

The same is true for birthday parties and girl scout outings.  They are being suspended until 2021.

This is a hugely different kind of experience than everyone is used to at the Art Workshop. But we will do our best to conduct fun classes in the safest way possible.