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Sculpting Clay: Latin American Folk Art

Sculpting Clay: Latin American Folk Art
In this hands-on, cross-cultural program, students will learn how folk artists develop their craft and make a living with their art. Students will gain a heightened sense of global awareness as they see that folk art is a form of self-expression reflecting a culture’s heritage, traditions and lifestyles. This program aligns with 21st Century Learning skills, and integrates Common Core and Essential Standards in multiple curriculum areas such as art, social studies and math. Lower grades will focus on more basic concepts; higher grades will explore the topic in greater depth, learn more advanced ceramic techniques, and add more detail and wonderful embellishments to their work! Choose from such topics as the charming figurative art of Josefina Aguilar, the lively and ornate tree of life, or collaborate with Cindy to design a program to meet your goals.

Artist Background

Cindy Biles has been teaching clay sculpture to students of all ages and abilities (including those with special needs) for 15 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 regularly is invited to participate in national exhibits, and her award-winning work is in private collections across the U.S.

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