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Clay Sculpting: Endangered Species

Clay Sculpting: Endangered Species
In these hands-on, cross-curricular programs, students will create 3-dimensional original art, and have fun! They’ll explore animal characteristics and adaptations, and ways an artist can depict fur, scales, feathers and other features in clay. Students will gain a heightened sense of global awareness as they consider the impact of humans on the current and future existence of endangered species. This program integrates Art, Science and Social Studies, and aligns with 21st Century Learning skills, Common Core and Essential Standards in other curriculum areas such as language arts, math and technology. Lower grades will focus on more basic concepts to complement class and art room experiences. Higher grades will explore topics in greater depth, learn more advanced ceramic sculpture techniques, and add greater detail to their work. Choose animals from biomes in North Carolina or around the world.

Artist Background

Cindy Biles has been teaching clay sculpture to students of all ages and abilities (including those with special needs) for almost 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 proficiency, 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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