Students up to their elbows at Day in Clay

Most elementary students get the chance to make twodimensional artwork in the classroom. But they often have to wait until later in their academic careers to create with all three dimensions.

In contrast, Cos Cob School fifth-graders can already say they have a solid grasp of three-dimensional art. And they gained that understanding quickly. Through artist Cliff Mendelson’s Day in Clay ceramic arts program, they learned about the cultural significance of mask-making, which dates to ancient times and spans cultures around the world.

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Parents and students participate in clay workshop at Holmes Elementary School

As part of the Holmes Elementary School Artist-in-Residence program, students, in grades 2-6, have had the opportunity to observe the actual work of a professional artist, sculptor, and potter – Mr. Cliff Mendelson.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the PTA cultural arts coordinator, Antoinette Daley, this Artist-in-Residence workshop has empowered the students and parents with knowledge concerning how art is created, and its connection to various cultures…

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In ‘The Sky Mural,’ a life’s gifts literally take shape

Family, friends, and acquaintances of Skylar Sonn Tancredi, known to them simply as “Sky,” gathered this past weekend in the middle/high school cafeteria in Hastings to collaborate on “The Sky Mural,” a montage of clay tiles that honors and celebrates his life.

At the start of this weekend’s workshops, project coordinator Cliff Mendelson, a ceramic artist and founder of “Day in Clay,” a program that offers clay art classes to schools and students throughout the county, told everyone, “This mural is about defining him [Tancredi] by his attributes . . . not by how much you might miss him but by creating a tribute to who he is as a person.”

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Day In Clay helps Friends of Skyler Sonn Tancredi decorate the walls of Hastings High School

Family and friends of Skyler Sonn Tancredi — with the help of Day In Clay — decorated the walls of Hastings High School with more than 100 ceramic designs. Each design was a personal reflection on the 14-year-old who died from a mysterious heart failure.

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Cliff Mendelson Presents “A Day In Clay”

Cliff Mendelson instructs the students about pottery in Mrs. McMahon’s art class During the first week in November, ceramic artist, Cliff Mendelson, presented his unique, fact-filled workshop “A Day in Clay” to the Garden City High School art classes. He transformed the art room with an astonishing array of informative display boards outlining the history of ceramics, and brought pottery samples from many ancient and modern cultures. Mr. Mendelson creatively demonstrated the pottery making process by showing the students how clay is kneaded, “thrown” on the wheel, formed and painted. It was evident that the students were fascinated by his ability to form a ball of clay into a vase or bowl, using his hands and specific potter’s tools. As he worked, he explained that every piece of pottery is composed of universal elements such as the lip, neck, shoulder and foot. With his expert guidance, student volunteers were able to experience the pottery making process themselves, by performing the many steps involved in making a vase. Within moments, that vase was cleverly transformed into a pitcher by adding a curved handle and forming a spout! Mr. Mendelson dis-cussed the painting of pottery and how metals in the paint produce desired colors, such as iron oxide for terra cotta, cobalt for blue, copper for green and vanadium for yellow or brown. After the completed pieces were painted and decorated, they would be fired in a kiln at close to 2000 degrees. The art students left Mr. Mendelson’s workshop with an excellent understanding of how pottery is made and its significance in all cultures.

Cliff Mendelson working with a student on clay in Mrs. McMahon’s art class Cliff Mendelson is a ceramist and educator, having taught in New York City at the Parsons School of Design, Hunter College, and the 92nd Street Y. He also teaches at Westchester Community College and the Westchester Arts Workshop. Mr. Mendelson has a B.F.A. from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts/Tufts University and has exhibited at the Azuma and Jane Hartsook Galleries in New York City and the Boston Center for the Arts.

This program was coordinated by the Arts in Education Committee of the Garden City School District Parent Teacher Association funded by the Garden City Union Free School District.

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Students delight in dirty hands

The gray clay made for an unusual sensation in Claire Fox’s hands. “It feels soft and it feels really squishy,” the 8-year-old said. But Claire enjoyed molding and shaping the sticky, clumping stuff into something she will be able to keep and show off for a long time.

Claire and her classmates at Booth Hill School in Shelton got their hands a little messy this week with the help of Cliff Mendelson.

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Sculptor molds minds with feats of clay

More than 100 Goshen Intermediate School students and members of their families attended Family Math Night May 10.

Students measured, estimated, balanced fractions, and made marshmallow tetrahedrons, while their parents tested their skills at pattern blocks and brain teasers. There were activities for children of all ages.

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Multicultural Night 2006

Where else could one enjoy flan, a cannoli, lime pie, caramel cookies and vermicelli pudding all in the same place, other than possibly a New York City bakery? If you attended the Harrison Central School District’s Multicultural Family Night on Thursday April 6 you would have had the opportunity.

The event featured Harrison’s ESL students, K-12, and their families from many different countries and cultures making desserts, performing cultural traditions and bringing in artifacts from their countries. More than 20 countries were represented in total by all the schools in Harrison during the two-hour long event.

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Art for Charity

Fourth-grader Max Diamond, 9, seems pleased with his handmade clay bowl at Stratford Road Elementary School yesterday. His original work of art — and that of his peers — will benefit the Empty Bowls Project, a hunger relieve organization. The bowls will be used at the schools Empty Bowls charity night on March 8.

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