Tiles of the Wild!
November 17, 2016 by fieldkids
Nineteen children are participating in a four-week STEM workshop here at The Field Library. “Tiles of the Wild!” is being led by artist Jessica Dubin.
During the first session, participants learned the science of clay, and about animals native to the Hudson Valley region. They each selected an animal to portray on a clay tile, and did research using books and online resources. They worked together to select a shape for the tiles that will be part of a mural. Their choice? Hexagons (sorry square and triangle!). Kids made drawings of their animal and included details and textures that can be used when they work the design into clay.
During the second session, participants cut slabs of clay into hexagonal tiles using pin tools and fettling knives. They smoothed edges and began to create their animal in relief. A relief design is raised above the base surface of the tile. They used their drawings as a guide and “pounced” the big shapes on to extra clay using a pin tool. Cut pieces were attached to the base using a method called slipping and scoring. The tiles were covered with plastic and set aside for the next session.
To see more pictures from our Tiles of the Wild program, CLICK HERE.
This program is made possible in part with funds from Westchester Library System’s Mini-Grant Initiative supported by Entergy and Con Edison.