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Accessible Clay Sculpting

Accessible Clay Sculpting

Working with school staff, Cindy will design meaningful, inclusive hands-on projects using creative clay sculpting. During our planning meeting we’ll discuss strategies/modifications that fulfill your goals and work best for your students. We’ll consider the needs of each individual and tailor programs to enrich their experiences to the fullest extent possible. These can include multiple teaching modalities (modeling, electronic devices, videos), provisions for students with touch aversions or physical disabilities, and sensory friendly supports. As appropriate, students can use tools, sculpt a themed project, or something of their choosing to display at school and/or take home. We can integrate other content areas that align with Common Core/NC Essential Standards. Programs can be designed for a group of students with and without disabilities or for self-contained classes. Themes can include Emotions; Animals; The Ocean; Math/counting, shapes; or topics of interest to each student.


Artist Background

Cindy Biles’ mission is to include all learners and explore the beauty and fun of creating with clay. She has taught clay sculpture to students for 20 years, including students with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. She uses clay to enrich students’ experiences in arts education and other academic content areas. Cindy creates innovative programs that fulfill teachers’ goals, support IEP outcomes and align with Common Core and NC Essential Standards. With her creative approach and positive encouragement, all students can have a unique arts experience. She is told often that students exceeded the expectations of their teachers and other classroom professionals!


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