Posted by Steve Hilton

If you are a teacher, you might just want to find a comfy place in room 552, because you’ll probably be spending a lot of time there!  We have an amazing slate of  programming that will particularly appeal to educators:



Hands On: Clay Curriculum Ideas & Techniques

By Diana Faris the Arts Standards change, Ceramics continues to provide a wealth of creative learning opportunities in the class room. In this hands-on workshop we will explore clay projects that address new curriculum requirements while continuing to teach technique, aesthetics and self-expression. Join us to Experiment and Liven up this session!


12:00pm- 1:30pm

Panel: Ceramic Murals: Building Community

By Connie Lavelle [m], Craig Hinshaw, Brandy Noody different approaches to creating ceramic murals within the public school setting that bond a community of learners. This panel will walk the audience through our approaches to creating these collaborative works of art: one, which is student led, the other initiated by a visiting artist.


1:45pm – 2:15pm

Lecture: What Responsibilities Come With the Freedom to Create?

By Robin Peringer do we structure learning opportunities in the clay studio that are authentic, engaging, and enabling for students? Collaboration expands the creative process, connects students to the needs of their community, and integrates standards set forth by the new National Frameworks on the Arts and the Common Core.


2:30pm – 4:00pm

Panel: Continuing & Contemporizing Cambodian Ceramics – A Community Effort

By Maggie Holtzberg [m], Margaret Rack, Yary Livan, Jacqui Miller fire is lit in Lowell Massachusetts where a city-wide K-16 collaboration is infusing Cambodian wood-fire ceramics in curriculums and engaging artists in lively collaboration. This panel will highlight art, kiln design and curriculum.


4:15pm – 4:45pm

Lecture: Breaking Bad

By Dawn Ferguson“Raise hell”, “go wild”, “defy authority”. Lessons designed to challenge your students understanding of clay. Projects, sketchbook assignments, discussions on how to break bad in the clay room.



9:00am -10:30am

Hands On: Call and Response

By Jamie Walker is growing evidence that in today’s society, that those who are creative, adaptive, curious, and collaborative will be better positioned to navigate a rapidly shifting world and contribute to the greater good. During this hands on exploration, we will investigate how working with clay can stimulate and enhance these attributes in teachers and students alike.



Co-lecture/demonstration: Lively Experiments, Lively Classrooms!

By Marko Biddle and Robin Craig As K-12 educators, we strive to create high quality ceramic classrooms. With student participants we will demonstrate a live 45-minute throwing lesson. This lesson will be used as a catalyst for an authentic discussion about the unique challenges ceramic educators face, while sharing our best practices and classroom management strategies.


12:45pm- 1:45pm

Co-lecture: Using Ceramics to Invigorate the Community and Common Core

By Sally Frehn, Sarah Varner, Bethany Benson this workshop by K- 12 teachers, attendees will learn how to utilize ceramics to meet the Common Core Standards, as well as create a tile mosaic with minimal resources. Each participant will be provided with lesson plans, basic grant writing and the framework for the community project.


2:00pm – 3:30pm

Co-lecture/Hands On: Gliding in the High School Ceramics Classroom

By Kim Coleman, Cecilia Cunningham, Judith Birtman learning with demonstrations, lecture, and materials to take away for your classroom! Now there’s a thought! 90 minute presentation that is multicultural, cross-curriculum, and nicely fitted into national and state standards for art. Learn the post firing technique of Gold Leafing.


3:45pm – 4:45pm

Lecture: Maori Art Projects That Empower Students and Preserve Culture

By RJ Christensen for a way to develop the conceptual depth of his students’ artwork, this educator travelled to New Zealand and Australia to learn the ways in which Maori and Aboriginal Australians preserve their culture. Discover how he uses indigenous craft in contemporary contexts to empower students to create award-winning work.

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