As part of their Spring Break camp, students from the Ravenswood School dropped in Lillstreet Art Center for a tour of the facility and an hour-long clay class taught by ArtReach teaching artist, Elena Rakochy. The first group of students were an eager bunch of 3rd and 4th grade students. Elena demonstrated how to build a pencil holder using red clay. She then showed the students how to decorate their creations using colorful underglazes. The students’ pencil holders were unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Some had octopus arms and eyes hanging on the sides, while others had spirals and sunshine painted on them. One student even disguised her pencil holder as a mug.
Since the second group of students were much younger than the first, Elena decided to show them how to make landscapes with clay. The young students were eager to make clay animals, trees, humans, fire and even volcanos! The tool of the day was undoubtedly the grass maker – a pressing tool which shaped clay into spaghetti-like strands. The students could not wait to get their hands on this popular device and make grass – or even noodles – with it!