IDEA scholars enjoyed the opportunity to explore an art form that was new to many of them—ceramics—thanks to the initiative of IDEA Art Teacher Teri Greene and School Outreach & Student Resource Coordinator Taylor Ray. Ms. Ray created a Donors Choose project to solicit funding for the three-week ceramics class, which was held at Art Works Now in Hyattsville, Maryland.
“Each week scholars learned a new skill related to ceramic arts,” explained Ms. Ray. “First, they learned about the properties of clay and how to ‘throw’ on the wheel. Next, they learned about hand building. Finally, they were able to glaze their pieces.”
“While our group was small, the impact was big,” Ms. Ray said. “The students bonded together through this experience and were excited to come back to school each week and to share what they had been working on with their classmates and teachers.”
Ms. Ray and Ms. Greene hope to continue the ceramics program next school year and offer the opportunity to more scholars to create art in a different way than they have before.
Pictured: (top row) J’lin Small, (middle row) Francisco San Roman Alvarez, (bottom row) Kayla Gibbs, Jalen Gross, Claudia King, Arkeem Matthews