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Sculpting Clay Gargoyles: Art, History and Culture

Sculpting Clay Gargoyles: Art, History and Culture
In this hands-on, cross-curricular program, students will discover the historical and cultural significance of gargoyles as they have fun sculpting a scary or funny gargoyle! They will learn about portraiture and caricature and gain new technical skills. Students will gain an awareness of art in their environment, as gargoyles are found on buildings and in gardens in North Carolina and other parts of the world. This program integrates Art and Social Studies, aligns with 21st Century Learning concepts, and integrates Common Core and Essential Standards from other curriculum areas such as language arts and technology. Lower grades will focus on more basic concepts and create smaller sculptures. Higher grades will explore the topic in greater depth and practice more advanced ceramic sculpting and portraiture techniques, adding greater detail to their work. Need minimum 1-2 contact hours per student.

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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