A Day in Clay photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Thanks to sponsorships by the PTO and the Foundation for Learning, sixth-grade students participated in A Day in Clay with professional artist, sculptor and potter Cliff Mendelson.

This creative workshop provided an opportunity for an interdisciplinary connection between Jim Savarese’s history class and Lauren Svendsen’s art class. Students were empowered with knowledge concerning the Greek culture, how Greek ceramic vessels were made and their connection to various cultures.

Students persisted in creating their own individual clay vases using the style and techniques of the Greek culture. They expressed various symbols, patterns and imagery that were utilized by the Greeks to explore this tradition, rich in ceramic history. 

“This was a great opportunity for students to stretch and explore their understanding of the art world and the many cross-curricular connections art provides,” said Svendsen.

The vases will be on display in the MS/HS main lobby showcase through January.