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Sculpting in Clay

Sculpting in Clay
In this hands-on, cross-curricular program, students will learn new technical skills, create 3-dimensional original art, and have fun! Although these programs focus on art, many also integrate Common Core and Essential Standards in such curriculum areas as language arts, science, social studies, math and technology. Aligning with 21st Century Learning Skills and the 4Cs, students will think critically and solve problems creatively. Lower grades will focus on more basic concepts to complement class and art room experiences. Higher grades will research and explore the topic in greater detail and practice more advanced ceramic sculpture techniques. Choose from current programs or collaborate with Cindy to develop a new one to meet your goals. Examples: Narrative Art-Telling a Story Without Words; Portrait; Animals; Art by a specific artist of North Carolina, United States or another country.

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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