By Leah Mei Guttentag
Clay sculpting is one of the many popular electives offered at Pin Oak Middle School, allowing students to work on many sculpting projects. The class is open to both 7th and 8th graders. It does not require students to have taken beginner art. Students who are interested should be sure to look for it on the next elective selection form.
“I started the clay class for several reasons. One was that it was my favorite material to work with when I was in college studying art. Then while teaching it seemed to be my students’ favorite unit. Everyone always got excited when I brought out the clay. So I took a chance, offered the class and I have had a ton of interest,” Mrs. Sather explained. Clearly, students are as enthused about this elective as Mrs. Sather.
Mrs. Sather continued, “The projects are made of low fire clay and we use a variety of hand building techniques. At the moment the students are making wind chimes and we just finished black and white mugs.” Students can view finished projects in the glass display cases around the school. Of course, this is also a graded class. Students are graded on participation, following directions, and vocabulary.
The clay sculpting elective gives students the opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge with an unfamiliar medium through various projects. No matter how much or how little experience they have, projects are sure to accommodate their creativity. Students interested can take a peek around the school for various projects.