In this online clay class, young artists will develop and refine a variety of hand-building clay techniques: pinching, coiling, slab construction and modeling. Students will learn surface decoration techniques as well, working with underglazes. A material kit will be provided. Clay pieces will be fired at the Avenue Road Arts School. Porch pick up and drop off of materials and completed pieces at the school will be required. Parents will be contacted to coordinate with instructor.
Students will create a series of clay sculptures for indoor or outdoor use. While learning the basics of clay hand building techniques students will sculpt a turtle.
Frogs and snakes will be the focus of the class while students share their knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.
Students will look at pollinating gardens and choose between butterflies, ladybugs or bugs on plants or flowers to make.
Using clay techniques, students will develop a sculpture of their choice. Through initial sketch work brainstorming, students will plan how to build their piece and be guided in the process.
For the final class, painting techniques and colour will be added to pieces created in previous days using underglazes.
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A material kit will be provided. Kits will be picked up at the Arts School on a designated day. They will include clay, underglaze, and tools.
Clay pieces will be fired at the Avenue Road Arts School. Porch pick up and drop off of materials and completed pieces at the school will be required. Parents will be contacted to coordinate with instructor.
Textural objects ex. lego piece or textural toy (optional)
Sandra Tarantino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the Ontario College of Art and Design and Bachelor of Education at Western University. She has actively participated in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space from 2004-2011 and Co-founding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios from 1996-2012. She is a past recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (from 2008 to 2012). Teaching all ages in a variety of media including mural creation, mixed media painting and ceramic sculpture, she currently teaches at Avenue Road Arts School and throughout GTA communities and schools with various arts organizations including VIBE Arts. Tarantino’s personal art practice incorporates elements of both painting and sculpture through shaped canvases, ceramic figurative pieces and other mixed media work, which are held in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe. Visit www.sandratarantino.com.