Mrs. Stifel’s Ceramics classes have been busy getting both creative and generous over the last few weeks.
The rain held off just long enough this Monday for Mrs Stifel’s Ceramics 1 students to be able to participate in a unique finishing technique. Canton resident and artist Deb Altschwager, from Gildersleeve Pottery Studio offered to come and work with students to “paint with smoke”. This was the perfect technique to add drama to the students Día de Muertos skull rattles that they constructed and designed in their Ceramics class over the last month. Students eyes lit up (no pun intended) when they saw the process that they would be able to try themselves. While working students were making comments such as, “this is the best day of high school so far”, “I never did anything like this in school”, and it is interesting when science and art are used together to create a beautiful end result, and of course, “thank you for trusting us with fire”.
This Friday the same group of students will have an opportunity to present hand crafted ceramic poppies to the veterans who will be visiting and speaking with the students first hand about their military experiences. Some brave students volunteered to present them to the veterans during the assembly, and the rest will be donating their pieces which will be distributed to veterans state wide. Students were also excited to brighten a veterans day by writing them a card to accompany the original art piece that explained why they wanted to make it for these heroes.