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handbuilding sculptures, dragons, birds, funny animals, torsi, teaching ceramics at school, simple techniques to teach to beginners, woodfiring, redox glazes an many more.
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24 June 2013 - 02:42 AM
Another time, guidance had my class, and that taught by the other teacher, in the same room, at the same time. She thought I had started teaching the class in the new room I moved into. The room was good for drawing and such, but it was a Ceramics class, and Ceramics had always been taught in the other room, where the kiln was, the wheels, extruder, glaze storage, project storage racks, you know everything I'd need. I told her, that I had never said, that I was teaching that class anywhere else. She said, she couldn't see why I couldn't teach it in the new room. I told her, it was because I'd have no space, and she disagreed. So, it wasn't just that she made an error, but that she was telling me that she knew better, what would work for teaching my class. I was not amused. I'm fairly certain, to this day, the scheduling "error" was not a mistake, and that the shared room conflict was intentional.
Interesting! This is what happened to me, because of a creation of a new school inside the old school. (in Germany, so I don't explain the details).
But for more than half a year, "suddenly" three crafts courses had to share two working rooms, and I was forced to take another room, normally a storage room (no windows..no good air circulation...!) because the other ones had to use the woodworking tools available in the normal rooms.
Of course, no washing facilities in our room.. so what about clay working without water?? Kiln is in an extra room, working tools in another room..
At the moment, I'm just waiting for this rest of schoolyear to end, for the situation now (I joined in one of the other working rooms with my clay class) is unbearable.. loud, noisy, crowded...
To avoid this I go outside with my students, last thursday doing barrel firing in my yard (while a thunderstorm was passing by *smile*), next thursday go to icecream shop to test our new icecream cups.
Infact, it is only an afternoon art class, but under these circumstances, how can you teach anything?
Well, the still life wasn't their cup of tea, so they rushed through it. Later on, when we do projects, where we select the subject matter, they had ideas, but the shading suffered,
I know about these problems with trying to teach new methods to pupils, but they are not interested in the project, so they miss the new technique and can't use it for the next project, where it is necessary.
Because clay work is mostly about "producing" something, some of them tell me they have "enough stuff at home", they don't want to create new things.
But they are not willing to do the "production" for school exhibition or wall decoration either.. so it is only an excuse for not doing anything.
Blame the system, the teacher or the children? I don't know, but I stop doing these courses this summer.
It'll be my hobby again, maybe working sometimes with interested adults or selling some pieces on ebay, etsy, dawanda etc.
22 June 2013 - 12:57 AM
Just be careful to take colours that don't fade out in the light.
I think you are using ceramics which were fired once to be painted? Or do you want to to the modelling yourself?
Normal acrylic colours are okay for once fired ceramic pieces. I don't now about their use on stiffened paperclay or only air dryed clay.
It's fun doing it, for "what you see is what you get". It is like a 3D screen for you.
22 June 2013 - 12:43 AM
Thank you, Pres, this statement really makes my day! It is much about my attitude in life. :)src="http://ceramicartsda...ult/smile.gif">
and that is the hunger to be a life time learner with the questing attitude of a young child.
In my opinion, to be a good teacher, you must not only be an artist, but you have to rethink about the methods and skills to be able to explain them in a good and encouraging way. Teaching tools usage can be one part of this. How someone (the learner) than gets the best results may be a very personal way.
And I agree, some persons are really no artist and it's difficult do try to teach them. But sometimes I am sooo surprised to reveal artistic skills in a beginner that only had to be discovered and trained. That are the moments that reward you for all the bored ones in a clay course that were send to be there but don't want to. :Dsrc="http://ceramicartsda...t/biggrin.gif">
14 May 2013 - 03:32 AM
14 May 2013 - 03:29 AM
I'd like to try this one with the children of my schoolgroup.
I tried some easy slab projects with children (roll out, stamp, cut, form over plastic foil and a plastic mug) before christmas in 2010
Teelichthalter Plattentechnik bedruckt.jpg 108.71KB 50 downloads
and an upright version:
Christmas candleholder.jpg 106.55KB 59 downloads
and for Halloween some ghosts (foldes slab for body and arms and attached ghostly head)
Ghosts.jpg 180.32KB 52 downloads
seven year old boys Tristans Gespenst.jpg 105.82KB 48 downloads:
Bens Gespenst.jpg 104.73KB 37 downloads
These ghosts were created by my son and a friend.
In the school group (11/12 year old to 14/15 year old children) I have mostly the problem of very unmotivated kids because they just want to "chill" instead of being in school in the afternoon.
It is a "working group" without marks, but obligatory to attend. :blink:src="http://ceramicartsda...ult/blink.gif">
I'd like to get more ideas for teenagers in the puberty.. :rolleyes:src="http://ceramicartsda.../rolleyes.gif">