All Grade Levels, Ceramic Arts, Non-Profit Community Center for Ceramics
DISCIPLINE // Ceramic Arts
GRADE LEVELS // All ages
ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION // The Clay Studio of Missoula (CSoM) is a nonprofit community center for the ceramic arts. Our organization’s goal is to provide the general public with affordable access to high-quality ceramic art instruction. We strive to fulfill this goal by: 1) offering a wide array of ceramics classes and workshops to adults and children of all levels of skill; 2) providing local ceramicists with inexpensive access to studio space and professional quality equipment; 3) hosting resident artists from across the country who are able to share their ideas, experiences, and techniques with our students; and 4) holding monthly exhibitions of contemporary ceramic works in our studio gallery.
TEACHING ARTIST // Elisha Harteis
Elisha Harteis is a local artist and art teacher from Missoula, Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in ceramics. She teaches at Montessori preschools, Missoula Art Museum, enDVR Home School Program, CS Porter Middle School, Lewis and Clark Elementary, the Clay Studio of Missoula, and in her own studio.
Her passion for art stems from a childhood connection to education empowered through creativity and knowledge. With her teaching and personal experience, she is a champion for the benefits of art in education. She fully supports the belief that there is so much power to be found in the arts. She allows and encourages kids to express themselves and to find their own individuality, while connecting to the use of their body, dexterity, and knowledge.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Exploring Ceramics!
Five Lesson Class Model. Clay is so versatile, that any technique can be altered for integration.
Lesson One: Slab construction. Lesson one is structured around slab building. Students will roll out slabs of clay and create tiles, plates, or structures to glaze or apply illustrations coordinated with subject integration.
Lesson One Integration Example: A slab tile would be constructed to integrate a creative writing and a storyline. Or, create 3 dimensional geometrical shapes to integrate math, like making a robot.
Lesson Two: Pinch technique. Students will learn how to create bowls, cups, and animals by using pinch pots.
Lesson Two Integration Example: Kids can integrate biology to create animal.
Lesson Three: Coil building. In lesson 3, students will learn coil building techniques to make a bowl, cup, vase, or sculpture.
Lesson Three Integration Example: Kids can apply historical knowledge to make pots or use/apply archeological references.
Lesson 4 and 5: Combining. Students will be combining all 3 techniques, slab, pinch, and coil, to create a small creature. Students will then decorate with glazes, create textures with stamps, and/or carving.
Lesson Four and Five Integration Example: Kids can apply math, creative writing, and color theory to create robots and glaze them.
PRIMARY CONTACT // Jazmine Raymond
ADDRESS // 1106 Hawthorne St. Unit A, Missoula, Mt 59802