Meachem Students Explore Use of Glass & Clay in Art

     Published on 2/15/17   Tagged under:    District News    Meachem Elementary School   

Meachem students oohed and aahed as they looked over the brightly colored glass pieces separated on a shelf in the back of their art classroom.
As part of a grant funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation, Stacy Griffin’s fourth and fifth graders enjoyed a special art project where they learned how to fuse glass and clay to create their own artistic masterpiece!
Ms. Griffin explained that she had success with glass and clay projects a decade ago at her previous school, but due to the expense of glass, clay and glaze, she had since been lacking the opportunity.
“I am a glass artist who also loves clay, and I knew Meachem students would also love it,” she said. “But I would not have been able to do this project without some outside assistance.”
Thanks to the Educational Foundation grant, Ms. Griffin was able to give lessons on glass artists and clay artists and show examples of how you can combine different mediums. Then, fourth graders each made their own clay bowl—which they glazed and then fused with melted glass. Fifth graders took the project a step farther, creating clay letters that they fused with colored glass.
“I want my students to see and appreciate art for what it is and the time and energy it takes to create it,” Ms. Griffin shared. “Not everyone will become a great artist, but I want them to learn to love and appreciate art in all its different forms. I want the kids to have fun, experiment and experience different mediums in art.  They soon learn that even if they might not draw well, they can do great things with clay.  Everyone has one type of medium that they can excel in, and this is a project that allows them to see if clay and glass might be their medium!”
This is one of 20 projects funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation in 14 schools this year, totaling $53,000. Thank you for the continued support!