Laura Jackson teaches ceramics, wire sculpture and fused glass residencies, students create decorative and functional artworks in a supported creative atmosphere. Projects are integrated with classroom lessons to encourage a deeper connection with the art form chosen, while learning the process and skills needed to create an individualized work of art.

Projects include wire figurative sculptures, and claywork.  Laura specializes in hands-on demonstrations, positive classroom management, and pieces of finished artwork by every student. As students experience art production in a supportive atmosphere, they learn about production methods, materials, art history, and the practice of a professional artist.

Arts and Academic Standards

  • Help students explore and describe the use of ideas, techniques and problem solving in the creative process.
  • Help students examine how a work of art reflects an artist’s environment and personal experience within a society or culture.
  • Allow room for students to construct, support and refute interpretations of history using social or cultural perspectives.
  • Demonstrate the skills and dispositions needed to be a critical consumer of information.
  • Help students evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • Help students reason with shapes and their attributes.

Laura Jackson offers four residency options: ceramics, wire sculpture and fused glass. Students learn process, materials, history and the art forms role in our society while improving problem solving and critical thinking skills. Any of the art forms can be successful integrated into the classroom’s curriculum allowing a large range of project themes.

Bowls, cups, pinch pot monsters, coil pots, animals, relief tiles, masks, etc.
Students will use hand building techniques and learn the clay process to create a 3-D sculpture. Student will focus on shape, texture, form, size and color during the creating and glazing of their clay project. Students will learn about clay’s role in our everyday life, its connection to the earth and the kiln’s firing process.

Wire Sculpture
Students will first construct a frame for their person, animal, insect, etc. out of a hard steel wire focusing on form, size and body proportions. Students will then use telephone wire to continue creating their sculpture. During the last session students will be able to add buttons, beads, feathers, etc. for finishing details.

Fused Glass
Pendants, pins, magnets, sun catchers and tiles
Students will develop a realistic or abstract design that focuses on color, shape, size, repetition and balance. Older students will learn how to cut glass for their project, while younger students use pre-cut shapes and frit (sand-like glass) to create their glass art. Fused glass projects will need to be fired in a kiln.