As the school year ends, we want to take a moment to thank all the parents for their support and involvement in our youth art class. It's been a great year of making art and exploring our creativity.
We explored many mediums this year and ended with making ceramic wind chimes.
The process of creating these beautiful pieces was both fun and educational for our elementary-aged students.
Here are the steps we followed to make our ceramic wind chimes:
1. We started by building clay slabs.
2. We used various tools and techniques to create clay designs, decorations, and carvings.
3. Once the clay was shaped and decorated, we let it dry and fired it in a kiln.
4. After firing, we painted and fired the ceramic pieces again.
5. We painted the platforms for the wind chimes.
6. We assembled the wind chimes by connecting the ceramic pieces with fishing wire and metal eyelets.
We believe art is essential to a well-rounded education for elementary-aged kids. Not only did this project allow our students to explore their creativity, but it also helped them develop essential skills.
Art helps school-age children develop small muscle coordination and control, practice thinking skills by experimenting with color, texture, and design and express their ideas and feelings, and learn and practice skills like patterning and cause and effect.
And we have a lot of fun!
Once again, we want to extend a warm thank you to all the parents for their support this year. We look forward to another great year of making art together!
Jamie Lightfoot is an oil painter and owner of Picket Fence Art Studio.