Nancy Chiasson is a Cape Breton Artist who teaches ceramics (pottery) and art classes for children and adults in her Coxheath studio for over 15 years. Her strengths include hand building projects (pottery off the wheel) like making self portraits tiles, introduction to hand building techniques like coiling, slabbing and pinching and understanding the language of art with textures in clay. She takes her pottery studio to your classroom and fires student work in her kiln. Nancy also works in paper, handmade papers making abstract collages & mixed media.
Workshops and Activities
Collaging the Works of Emily Carr from the teaching website of the Vancouver Art Gallery we will explore the works of Emily Carr with a visit to the online gallery and discuss her work. From here Nancy will introduce collage and her work from her digital portfolio discussing her process and materials. Nancy will create an abstract landscape collage using handmade papers. Finally, the students will create their own abstract collage. Self Portraits in Clay; the student will be taught to create a pottery tile using simple materials (like baking a pie) and provided clay. Once the tile is created we will set it aside to firm up (leather hard carving stage). The students will then create a self portrait pencil drawing matching the size of the tile. Next we will use underglaze (which is like acrylic paint) and apply this to our hardened clay tile. Once the underglaze sets up the students will place their drawings on top and trace their self portraits to create a simple line drawing.
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4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
3D/Sculpture, Textiles/Fabric, Collage, Pottery, Mixed Media