Program Title

Virtual - Multicultural Ceramic Vessel making
Provider Name
Day in Clay
Cliff Mendelson

Tomkins Cove , NY 10986

Program Description
Native American Vessel Making - Hand Building What is it? In this program, grades K-12 students will have access to a live, interactive, webinar. The webinar is the virtual form of my in-person hands on program. I teach this in the same style that I would teach my college classes, so it is challenging,engaging adn educational. I will be present during the whole program. Students will connect to a culture that is rich in symbols, patterns, and imagery. The webinar will consist of multiple hands on demonstration video segments, photo slide show, with voiceover, and live question and answer sessions. I will guide them through a step by step instruction on how vessels are made. They will design their own vessel employing 5 – 6 advanced hand building techniques under my instructions and supervision. Following or during the webinar, the students will be constructing their own vase or bowl form that will be decorated with Native American culturally specific designs, imagery, and patterns. Woven designs using slab/coil techniques and adding one’s own imaginative additions to the form can be used. They will paint and finish in their classrooms. By the end of the webinar/ workshop they will all have a greater understanding on how to work with the clay and 3D. Art teachers will be responsible for bringing that knowledge for an onsite workshop experience into the classroom in the following weeks. I provide teachers with a downloadable checklist of arts activities that they can continue throughout the year. What is it about? As with many cultures, coil containers were used as storyboards to record our history. Clay coil containers were written on with artwork, old alphabets, and designs that have revealed a great deal about human history. Demonstrations will include references to imagery of the Native American pottery that work in the manner that we will be exploring. Students can also relate the pottery/forms to the themes of nature and sustainability.

Visual Arts (VA), Social Studies ,

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Cost Single: $350.00
Cost Multiple: $1600

60 minutes