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Life Cycles in Clay

Life Cycles in Clay
In this hands-on, cross-curricular program, students will learn new technical skills, create original art, and have fun! They will create a tile with bas-relief sculpture, telling a story without using words (narrative art). Choose the remarkable process of metamorphosis for insects such as the butterfly or ladybug, or the development of another creature. This workshop aligns with 21st Century Learning Skills and integrates Common Core and Essential Standards in such curriculum areas as language arts, social studies, math and technology. Potential topics for discussion include creating complex forms from simple volumetric shapes, animal and plant adaptations, beneficial relationships between plants and animals, and their importance in our environment. Lower grades will focus more on basic concepts to complement class and art room experiences. Higher grades will explore the topic in greater detail, address more complex/global issues, and learn more advanced ceramic sculpture techniques.

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 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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