In Groundbreaking, come see historical tableware patterns that have been reimagined across large installations, vessels that have been deconstructed and pushed almost to the point of collapse, and figures that, while rooted in traditional forms, have become canvases for approaches that are psychological, conceptual and abstracted.
For thousands of years, clay has been dug from the ground and transformed into objects of functional, symbolic or decorative use. Groundbreaking presents compelling works by 12 artists turning longstanding traditions upside down. With work by Akio Takamori, Lauren Mabry, Christina West and more, the exhibition brings together nationally-recognized artists from across the country who are creating riveting new compositions and pushing the boundaries of clay.
On the A.R.T.S. tour, students will learn about the work of the artists featured in the exhibit Groundbreaking and how their practices are rooted in the history of clay and its specific physical qualities. They will investigate the earth’s layers, and learn about how fossils are formed. Students will put this knowledge into practice by creating their own molds and casts.
On the A.R.T.S. tour, students will learn about the work of the artists featured in the exhibit Groundbreaking and how their practices are rooted in the multicultural history of glazing. Students will learn about the chemical properties of glazes and the stages of firing. They will experiment with the process of oxidation to create an art piece.
On the A.R.T.S. tour, students will learn about the work of the artists featured in the exhibit Groundbreaking. In this lesson, they will describe and interpret the artwork to develop their writing skills and art appreciation. They will then be inspired by the themes discovered in their analysis to create a collage.
The A.R.T.S. Tour of the exhibit, Groundbreaking: Innovations in Clay, offers students the opportunity to learn more about the work of the artists in the exhibit. Following the tour, students participate in an art project designed to accompany the exhibition through hands-on learning. In this lesson we invite students to think outside of the traditional clay pot and experiment with ceramic techniques.