In-school, after-school, and festivals, OH MY!
Claymobile was busier than ever this fall! We visited over 25 different sites for residencies, workshops, festivals, and more! Our schedule is jammed packed with many of our fall regulars like George Meade Elementary School
and Science Leadership Academy Middle School
, and many new sites too, like Mastery Prep Elementary School
and James R. Ludlow School
. We've had an eventful fall and don't plan to slow down anytime soon! We are ready to book your winter and spring programs now!
In addition to taking Claymobile on the road, we try to schedule a few moments throughout the year to bring the team together for professional development opportunities. This October we gathered at the University of the Arts with three staff from their Arts Education Department
to learn more about classroom management and working with special populations. Our team collected new ideas for creating adaptive tools for working with clay, reviewed best practices for effective classroom management during our sessions, and learned about a variety of resources to help us be better teachers in the classroom. It’s always a pleasure to come together and learn new ways to improve our teaching practices.
Spotlight: Kensington CAPA Claymobile Residency
Sentiments from our Community Engagement Assistant, Nitza Rosario…
"I was excited when Kensington CAPA was selected as a site for Claymobile. I graduated from Kensington High School in 1986 (Nitza's graduation photo on the left) and although it is a new building, I wanted to return to my roots. This is the only Claymobile site that has 3 pottery wheels and a kiln. We also worked with this site for 12 weeks; each week after a hand-building demonstration the majority of the class created work, while 3 practiced on the wheel. For most students, after one attempt they were done, but not Edgar (featured throwing on the wheel below)! Edgar is from San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, and came to the United States after Hurricane Maria hit the island 2 years ago.
Edgar was the only student to attempt the wheel multiple times. The classroom teacher at Kensington allows the students to practice during their lunch periods. Edgar took advantage of this opportunity, and week to week proudly showed us his progress. Teaching Edgar was also a nice change of pace, because I was able to speak with him, and some of the other students, in Spanish.
This class was extra special for me, not only did I share my true love of pottery (throwing), but also practiced my Spanish with part of the class."
Interested in bringing Claymobile to your school or organization?
Visit us at theclaystudio.org/claymobile
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Community Engagement Manager