From February 6 - March 9 2018, eighth grade art students at Quaker Valley Middle School had the chance to work with Pittsburgh ceramic artist, Laura Jean McLaughlin. With a generous donation from the middle school HSA, McLaughlin was able to visit twice a week. During this time, eighth grade students created a collaborative mosaic that will be proudly displayed above the auditorium doors as a legacy project. Students who have not had the opportunity to have art this term have been invited to visit the art room and create a contribution. Additionally, eighth grade students are creating their own clay busts to explore concepts of identity. Each week, McLaughlin models new ceramic techniques and encourages students to use their imagination to create their personal artwork.
In conjunction with McLaughlin working with eighth grade students, she will also visit the QVMS after school program: Studio Life Art Club. Studio Life meets every Thursday from 3:05-5 p.m. and is open to all QVMS students, as well as interested high school students. McLaughlin will spend two Thursdays helping students create clay projects. Then, on Thursday, April 5, McLaughlin will travel with QVMS art teacher, Danielle Thomas, 8th grade science teacher Tracy Shaffer, and the Studio Life students to Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Through a generous donation from Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, students will learn about Raku firing while also experiencing it firsthand!
Thomas adds, "We are very excited for this partnership with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the middle school HSA for helping middle school students continue to make visible our thriving community of learners."
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