I am a high school ( mixed grades 10-12) art teacher whose specialties include drawing, painting, and photography. I took a ceramics class in high school and one in college. I asked for training over the summer but did not receive it. I am looking into training through night/weekend classes through a local ceramist/ art teacher.
The biggest challenge of starting to teach Ceramics (as a full day class and as an elective class) is that the new art room that will have a kiln and a throwing wheel and space (hopefully) for clay projects is not done yet. We started school early August and I have been told we might have a kiln ready earliest around Thanksgiving time. I am not expecting one until maybe next semester.
I went from having 17 students in my day class to 11 after explaining that we do not have a kiln yet.
So far we have only been able to use self-drying clay, which works alright but is nothing like the real process of ceramics and the clay once dry is so fragile it breaks very easily.
Any advice for curriculum/projects without a kiln that can keep up the interest of the students left? And help prepare them for the real thing?
Also, if anyone has a ballpark number for how much ceramics supplies will cost and what the best place to get them from is that would be very helpful as I am working on our new budget for the year.
Thank you for any advice!