Students make 2-3 kid tested and approved ceramic projects while learning about clay sculpting techniques, surface decoration, color theory and the firing process. Andrea works with individual classrooms and teachers to integrate classroom curriculum with her ceramic lesson for a full bodied, hands on art learning experience.

Bring classroom lessons and school themes to new life with the magic of clay! Join Andrea DiPalma Yansane as she leads ceramic residencies that work directly with teachers and administrators to reinforce student curriculum with the creation of ceramic projects. Students learn basic hand building techniques such as pinch pot, coil, slab building and dug outs. Students also learn about adding attachments to sculptural and pottery forms to make fun and creative projects that include finger puppets, animal sculptures, teapots, cups and bowls as well as boxes and pots with removable lids.

Additionally, students learn about all of the stages in the ceramics process from digging clay out of the earth to firing it in a hot kiln to how to best create pieces that will be used daily in their homes.

Surface decoration, glazing and under glazing, texture, pattern and color use will be discussed and different techniques will be covered to help students finish their pieces with a unique self-expressive flare! Kids will be engaged and inspired by having their hands in clay everyday throughout the residency working independently and as a group with Andrea’s individual attention. Students gain an understanding of three dimensional design techniques and color theory while developing their own ideas and styles by completing these kid-tested clay projects. Additionally, students benefit by learning how to use tools safely and effectively, troubleshoot ceramic issues that arise and talk about their work critically.

Arts and Academic Standards

  • Help students explore and describe the use of ideas, techniques and problem solving in the creative process.
  • Help students create, present or perform a work of art that demonstrates an idea, mood or feeling using essential elements or organizational principles.
  • Give space for students to engage in informed and respectful discussion of issues, events and ideas.
  • Help students develop and strengthen their writing skills by planning, revising, editing, rewriting or trying a new approach.
  • Help students plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model that can be improved.
  • Help students reason with shapes and their attributes.

In 2013 Andrea completed a one year STEAM program which integrated the Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Other opportunities for interdisciplinary education include language arts, cultural arts, history and social science.