Wayland Art teacher Justin Behm launched a new class, Art Explorations: 3D, for the spring semester, and students are now happily up to their elbows in clay during the fine arts period. This semester, students are learning the essentials of how to work with clay as they create bas reliefs, slab vessels, coil pots, pinch pots, and eventually work their way towards the potter’s wheel.
Students are also receiving an introduction to glazing techniques to finish works, and they will be using a brand new kiln that was purchased with funds raised during the Raise the Paddle initiative at the 2016 Spring Gala and Auction.
“Kids seem really interested in working with clay,” said Mr. Behm, “and I’ve been pleased with their progress.” Mr. Behm, an accomplished sculptor, works on his own art in the studio at times and enjoys the give and take as students see his work alongside their own. “I respond to their work, and they respond to mine,” he said. “It’s a form of collaborative learning, and I’ve really enjoyed that.”