Project Description

In this residency, students will learn the basics of hand-building as well as creating their very own instrument: a rattle!  Students will have the unique experience of seeing the ceramic process from beginning to end, will get a hands-on exploration of clay, and will learn a brief history of indigenous clay instruments.  We will end the class with a song circle in which students will use their instruments to create music.  

Final Product

Each student will take home their one-of-a-kind clay instrument that they can treasure for years to come. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn basic hand-building and glazing techniques. 
  • Students will better understand the process of creating a ceramic piece from beginning to end. 
  • Students will exercise long-term planning and problem solving skills. 
  • Students will explore their own unique creative voice and process. 
  • Students will gain a respect for indigenous clay instruments and learn that, as Byrd Baylor writes, “…every piece of clay is a piece of someone’s life.”  

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for 1st-5th grades

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 4 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $3.50 per student
  • Travel from Eugene

Why I teach art:

“I love teaching kids visual art because it is a way of expression that is still intuitive when you’re young. Working with clay specifically gives students the opportunity to connect somatically with their bodies. My hope is that, through our time together, kids will be encouraged to trust their own unique creative voices.” –Angela Bogart-Monteith

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