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Pottery Wheel Clay Art Class, Ongoing Class 8-13

Julie C.
Average rating:4.4Number of reviews:(133)
In this on-going course students will learn about how to make a pot on the pottery wheel and all the steps

Class experience

Students will learn:
The importance of centering the clay. How  to center the clay on the wheel 
How to expand the clay using finger and/or tools to make a cup/pot. 
How to pull up the walls of a pot on the wheel. Thickness of the walls and how to determine the thickness
Removal methods. Different ways to remove the pot from the wheel and drying methods.
Trimming the bottom of the pot on the wheel when it is half dried 
Types of glaze

These classes build on each other and of course we will be centering the clay each class.  Centering the clay is the one aspect of wheel throwing that a student will need to practice and to get better at doing. Feel free to jump in class at any time of the month.
Why Clay?  1. It's therapeutic. Simply the act of molding clay in one's hands whether you're a child or an adult can be very calming. Remember those stress balls that were once so popular? Manipulating the clay can help relieve stress or even be an outlet for young children who physically express their emotions.

2. It's an outstanding sensory development activity for anyone.

3. It's play based learning. You might not realize it, but playing with clay is promoting minds to get busy by thinking about what they're going to create and how they're going to create it. This type of creative play promotes imaginative problem-solving skills.
I have been working on a pottery when since middle school age.  I attended a Visual and performing arts school in Sarasota FL which is still there to this day.  I was in the first pioneering class to be created at the school.  We had 3-4 pottery wheels and it was my most favorite class. Later as an adult when I lived in Miami FL.  I purchased my  own  pottery wheel and have made many things on the wheel. I taught each of my three daughters on the wheel from a very young age(4, 5, or 6).  
Homework Offered
Homework will be to practice what we did in class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
5 lbs of clay  or more that can later be fired.  It is not advisable  to use air dry or polymer clay as this type of clay may not work well on the wheel.

https://www.sheffield-pottery.com/95400-School-White-Moist-Stoneware-Pottery-Clay-p/mc95400.htm  (pottery wheel clay)


I found this wheel on Amazon and it has tools, an apron, a foot pedal, a reverse switch.

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No parental guidance is needed.  Parents can be on the side off camera if they feel they will need to assist the student. Younger students ages 6 or 7 with no wheel experience may or may not need hands on help.
Average rating:4.4Number of reviews:(133)
Hi.  I am Julie and I currently live in Massachusetts.
I teach art (drawing, clay) and puppy/dog training classes(life skills).
I am certified to teach art in Massachusetts.  I am certified to teach Elementary school in NH, and FL.  I have been... 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Completed by 21 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
1-5 learners per class

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