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Sculpting in Clay: Integrating Art-Social Studies

Sculpting in Clay: Integrating Art-Social Studies
In this hands-on, cross-curricular program, students will learn new technical skills, create original 3-dimensional art, and have fun! Students will gain a heightened sense of global awareness as we explore connections between art, culture and economics. This program integrates Art and Social Studies, and aligns with 21st Century Learning concepts. It also can integrate Common Core and Essential Standards in other curriculum areas such as language arts, social studies, 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, and learn more advanced ceramic sculpture techniques. Choose from current programs (e.g. Art of North Carolina, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa; Native American Art) 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 proficiency, 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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