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Clay Face Jugs: From Africa to The Carolinas

Clay Face Jugs: From Africa to The Carolinas

In this hands-on, cross-curricular program, students will trace the development of the face jug from its beginnings in Africa to modern-day North Carolina. They will appreciate how culture and economics influenced the origin of the face jug in the United States and how this art form reflects self-expression and NC tradition and history. While sculpting their face jugs, students will learn hand building methods and apply principles of design as they create funny, perhaps scary and, yes, even ugly, portraits and caricatures! This program integrates Art and Social Studies and aligns with 21st Century Learning, Common Core and Essential Standards in other curriculum areas, such as language arts and technology. Lower grades will focus on more basic concepts and create smaller face jugs. Higher grades will explore the topic in greater detail and learn more advanced ceramic sculpture and portraiture techniques.

Artist Background

Cindy Biles has been teaching clay sculpture to students of all ages and abilities for 20 years. With a background in biology and anthropology, she designs innovative age- and grade-appropriate programs that integrate across multiple content areas of the North Carolina curriculum, fulfill teachers’ goals, and align with Common Core, NC Essential Standards and 21st Century Learning. She inspires students to work confidently, exceeding their own expectations, increasing their proficiencies and enriching their art and classroom experiences. Cindy is regularly invited to participate in national exhibits, and her award-winning work is in private collections across the U.S.

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