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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / i'm not worthy... i'm not worthy... on: November 05, 2008 04:01:34 PM
so, i'm a first year art teacher at an elementary school. the former teacher disappeared to trinidad over the summer and left behind a terribly messy and underutilized studio. the school is a performing arts magnet and extremely well equipped. the art room is the 3d studio (the 2d studio is currently being used as a computer lab). i'm a printmaking person and an art history person mostly. my experience with clay is restricted to having worked with it on k-8 level projects at an art museum summer camp this past summer. i know the basics of working with clay and feel very comfortable leading my students through projects, but at camp someone else always did the firing! now i'm faced with two pretty old kilns and no idea what to do with them, and kids who are really antsy to do some clay projects. both kilns have kiln sitters but nothing digital, nothing for temperature readings. just knobs that can be turned up levels 1-5. the company doesn't have the manual for my model online and so i had to order it. i did buy myself a book with lots of info about timing and temperature as well. but in the meantime, i'm just wondering if someone can shed some light onto what i'm up against. thanks!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Winter/Holiday Show @ Elementary School on: November 05, 2008 03:49:48 PM
I'm a first year art teacher at an elementary school, was recommended by my old theatre teacher who works there currently. I hit the ball out of the park for a fall luncheon with little handprint tree placemats so the pressure is on for the winter show, hosted by aforementioned theatre teacher. I've been recruited to decorate the stage and the auditorium. Of course we are on an insanely tight budget of basically whatever i can scrounge up in my classroom/get donated. So far I'm thinking paper snowflakes to hang from every available surface, also hanging snowmen made from burnt out light bulbs that I saw somewhere on this board, and painting some basic wintertime/holiday backgrounds for the stage. The kids have to be able to help out or do the projects themselves. They want some Christmas trees for the stage too, preferably three dimensional... Any thoughts?
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