For the past three weeks, Ms. Oakes’ GPSD Gifted and Talented Programs have done a series of pottery workshops for students ranging from 2nd to 6th grade. Local pottery instructors, Richard Dattel and Pattye Wilson, have taught the groups how to make pinch pots, angels and rabbits and have been amazed at the creativity and attention to detail the visiting students’ show. Ms. Oakes has done similar workshops for her students in the past, but this year many of the students are working with pottery for the first time. During the hour-long sessions, the students first learn the principals of pottery and how their pieces will change from wet clay to a delicate ceramics piece and then follow step-by-step instructions on how to create unique works of art. The students will be taking their final glazed pieces home next week. To see the classes in action, visit the Greenville Arts Partnerships Flickr album.
Do you want your students to come on a pottery field trip? Field trips can be arranged for all age levels, ranging from elementary to high school or college students. Call Megan Hines at the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246 about scheduling, pricing and accommodations.