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Sculpting in Clay: Integrating Art and Science

Sculpting in Clay: Integrating Art and Science
In this hands-on, cross-curricular program, students will learn new technical skills, create original art, and have fun! We’ll explore animal and/or plant characteristics and adaptations and how to depict them 3-dimensionally in clay. This program integrates Art and Science, and aligns with 21st Century Learning skills, Common Core and Essential Standards in other curriculum areas such as language arts, social studies, math, technology. Lower grades will focus on more basic concepts to complement class and art room experiences. Higher grades will explore topics in greater detail and learn more advanced ceramic sculpture techniques. Choose from current programs (e.g. Seasons; Endangered Animals; Animal Adaptations; Reptiles; Birds; Mammals; World Biomes and Ecosystems (Ocean, Coral Reef, Rainforest, etc.); Pollination; Animals of North Carolina or North America, or collaborate with Cindy to develop a new one 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 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 classroom experiences. Cindy regularly 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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