Editor's Note

By Bridge, Maryellen | Arts & Activities, February 2008 | Go to article overview

Editor's Note


Bridge, Maryellen, Arts & Activities


In this issue, we share with you some of the endless possibilities of clay. This malleable art medium has so much to offer, whether earthen, air-dry, self-hardening or salt-dough.

Clay is a natural choice when teaching students about the peoples of our world, as seen in our Cover Story, "Culture Through Clay ... Integrating African Traditions into American Curriculum" (page 16). Here, high-schoolers learn about the work of the artists at South Africa's Ardmore Ceramics, and create their own "utilitarian objects with sculptural elements based on the natural world of South Africa."

The storyteller sculptures of the Pueblo Indians are always popular with people of all ages, and "Stories of the Past" (page 18) engages upper-elementary students in the study of the culture, the construction of storytellers and ultimately, has them building authentic-looking models of pueblos, populated with their clay figures.

In "Vessels, Peruvian Style" (page 30), Moche pottery dating from 200 to 800 A.D. inspires middle-schoolers as they learn about the culture and improve their clay techniques. And, even if there is no kiln in your school, "Clay for the Kiln-Less: African Amulets" (page 32) should be of interest to those who teach upper-elementary and middle-school students--and teachers on a strict budget. …

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