Staff Training

Staff Development Workshops

A Day in Clay has been providing successful art experiences in the classroom for the past 15 years.

In-Service training is custom-tailored to meet the needs of your faculty or school district. All projects may be related to multicultural themes, as desired. The use of clay in the classroom provides a satisfying, tangible activity for your students to enjoy an emotional connection to their artwork, and explore the full richness of historic and cultural dimensions.

Clay can be used to create narrative imagery; to illustrate a poem, folk tale, or to simply say something about one’s own life.

The more a teacher feels comfortable handling the material the more they will be able to problem-solve during class. The staff development workshop will address needs of the art teacher regardless whether or not they are currently using clay.

Following the workshop, I am available by telephone or email to answer individual, follow-up questions.

Program Benefits

Provide your teachers a hands-on experience in clay. The best way to problem-solve with their students is to know the limits of the materials, and how to address the student’s work-in-process.

  • Give teachers a better understanding of how to bring clay into the classroom.
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate activities for students.
  • Help teachers to adjust lesson plans to include clay at different grade levels.
  • Field all questions.
  • Discuss  the technical side of ceramics; kiln firing and non-firing techniques, as well as finishing  pieces, use of non-toxic materials, and the application and handling of materials.
  • Explain how a multicultural approach is a unifying theme in ceramic art, and apply it to everyday activities.
  • Develop a clay-lesson plan.
  • Explain how various techniques are used in different cultures to produce unique aesthetic appeal.
  • Explain how to make plates, vessels, tiles/murals, and mask making.

An example of how ceramic tile murals may be used to extend the cultural and literary dimensions of your curricula may be seen at recent installations.

Recent Installations

PVC Middle School, Croton on Hudson, New York
Description: Rainforest mural. A 270 piece tile mural, inspired by 7th grade student’s poetry, was incorporated to fulfill literary standards and combine visual arts with the literary element.

Preston Elementary School, West Harrison, New York
Description: Native American Indian. Tile mural depicting symbols, patterns, and imagery.




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“The staff workshop was the greatest.  Everyone had a fantastic time!  We want you to come back next year with your wheel and go to some of our other schools. ”
—George Vollano, Arts Coordinator, Rippowam Middle School 
Stamford, Connecticut

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