SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

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" The most satisfying aspect of teaching is how thoroughly I learn my craft. There's no better way to truly become an expert at something than to teach it to others. I am always surprised and inspired when my students modify what I have taught them and show me something new. " — Nikki Lewis, potter Craft in the Classroom Investigate Have students view Cary Esser demonstrating the technique of press molding at artists_clay/story_115.php. Also, view Nikki Lewis demonstrating at the potter's wheel by going to Suggest that students teach another student something they know how to do. For example, one student might teach another how to throw a football, fold an origami crane, use a camera, etc. The skill should be able to be taught in five minutes or less. When pairs are finished, discuss as a class what was easy and difficult about being the teacher and student. Which did they prefer and why? Make Have students create their own multiple press tiles. To create a mold, first design a clay tile, around 5 x 5" (12.5 x 12.5 cm). Students should "build up" and carve into their tiles to create a bas-relief. Place completed tile, face up, in a box or plastic container that is at least an inch larger than the tile on all sides. Next, mix plaster of Paris and pour over the tile to create a mold. Allow plaster to harden before removing from the container. Pull the clay away from the plaster, revealing the mold. Create more tiles by pressing more clay into the mold. Students can glaze or paint their tiles in different ways and display three or four tiles together in a series. Craft in America is a monthly feature in SchoolArts magazine by Marilyn Stewart, professor of art education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA; and Kathleen Walck, art educator, Kutztown, PA, for Craft in America, Inc. Cary Esser and Nikki Lewis demonstrating at the 50th Anniversary of the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana, 2001. Craft in America: The Series Craft in America's nationally broadcast PBS documentary series seeks to celebrate craft by honoring the artists who create it. In three episodes entitled "Memory," "Landscape," and "Community," Craft in America television viewers travel throughout the United States visiting America's premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects, and into the homes, businesses, and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. The primary objective of the series is to convey to a national audience the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture. Educator Guides Three Educator Guides accompany Craft in America. Each guide— Memory, Landscape, and Community—relates to and reflects the core ideas, artists, and art forms presented in the corresponding series episode. Educator Guides are available at Nikki Lewis, Teacup. Cary Esser, Labyrinth: Chartres, Maze, Ear Canal, 1999, Jeff Bruce, photograph. Ordering the DVD and Companion Book To order the Craft in America DVD for long-term viewing and classroom use, or to order the companion book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects contact PBS Video at 1-800-752-9727, or 21

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