This week's Big Fish
Bowls of BeliefThis art activity began with students listening to the book When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor. Baylor invites us to think about the "small voice" that each piece of clay might have and what it might say.
Students then learned to make small coil bowls in the tradition of the ancient potters from the American Southwest. The bowls were bisque fired in the kiln and then fired a second time in a sawdust kiln to give the bowls a smoky coloring.
|Bisque fired bowls|
|The sawdust kiln|
In preparation for our Martin Luther King Day celebration, students also thought about something they believed in strongly enough that they would be willing to stand up for that belief and argue for it. These belief statements were placed in the bowls during the second firing to create the “bowls of belief” that you see here today. Click here to view all the belief statements: River Students' Belief Statements
|Bowls of belief on display|
|Each individual bowl contains a belief statement|
Collaborative project for MLK Day
|Amelia helped by an Upper Schooler and a Lower Schooler|
|River students write their responses on fabric strips|
River students answered the question, "What do you care so much about that you'd stand up for?" then wrote their answers on the fabric strips- the 'song' of the bird. All of the students' answers were compiled and sewn into the project.