With a large amount of rain over the week, my second visit to Clay Habit was rescheduled to March 27th. I attended a class at the Studio that lasted for two and a half hours. I was able to observe a class of senior women, all working on different projects. The information I gathered came from watching, listening, note taking, and photographing. With only a few open-ended questions the women willingly shared their opinions and thoughts.
I learned that Clay Habit is more than a pottery class for these ladies, it is a refuge, a haven where they have the opportunity to learn from a skilled, educated and gifted teacher.
If you listen carefully to the conversations during one of Mia’s classes you will hear students make comments like these:
“You better listen, she knows what she is doing.”
“She never measures anything and it comes out perfect every time. I would have my ruler out measuring this and that. Not Mia, and look.”
“Mia, I’m not sure what to do with this mermaid’s tail. Suggestions?”
“I like it like it is, but if Mia says it needs more black paint, then it needs more black paint.”
“You know she is the best around.”
The conversations give a clear perspective of the student’s respect for Mia’s instruction and knowledge. But, it is not only about Mia’s teaching, her student’s genuinely love her.
“Mia, did you see Shakira on The Voice this week? I know how you love her!”
“Yes, yes, yes – her new album is already #2.”“No it’s #1!”
“You know where she got, my hips don’t lie? If the music isn’t good her hips won’t move.”
“Mia did you get your truck back yet?”
“No not yet. I’ve been walking everywhere. Look, I’ve worn my sneakers out. I need to go to Kohls.” “Get your purse. I’ll take you.”
If so, your child may want to participate in one of these free art programs....
April 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, Wednesday - 3:15-4:15pm
Advanced Drawing with Brenda Leigh
DiTerlizzi Conference Room
The very talented Brenda Leigh, who painted the children's mural at Cummings Library, will be hosting a five week drawing class for advanced drawers. This class will offer some more approaches to accurate drawing techniques for children age 8-12. Participation in the entire 5 week program is encouraged for complete understanding. If your child took the beginning drawing class or is an advanced drawer this class is for them. A personal sketch book is recommended but supplies will be available. Registration is required. Ages 8-12
April 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm
Beginning Drawing with Brenda Leigh
DiTerlizzi Conference Room
The very talented Brenda Leigh, who painted the children's mural at Cummings Library, will be hosting a five week drawing class. This class will offer different approaches to accurate drawing techniques for children age 7-10. Participation in the entire 5 weeks is encouraged for complete understanding. If your child is drawing all the time and loves it, this class will push them forward in their efforts. A personal sketch book is recommended but supplies will be available. Registration is required. Ages 7-10.
I am currently taking a class through the University of Florida called Art Education in Alternative Settings. One of the projects requires us to visit an alternative site for art education, observe activities, and speak with people who teach and learn there. The program I am visiting is Clay Habit Studio in Jensen Beach, FL.
My First Visit
My first visit at Clay Habit Studio was to interview Mrs. Lindberg on the afternoon of March 21st. The visit lasted for roughly one and a half hours. When I arrived I found Mia’s studio surrounded by native landscape, clay sculptures, blown glass artwork, and a fence with locked gates. I had to call to come in the gate. I soon found out that regular patrons know where the key is hidden. For others a phone call is necessary to come in.
Upon entering, signs direct you along the rock, shell, and concrete walkway to the backyard. This is where you will find Mia, surrounded by handmade artwork, pottery, and supplies. Quickly you come to realize that Clay Habit Studio is not just another pottery studio.
As I came around to the back studio, Mia was explaining and demonstrating a sanding technique to a student. Once the student understood the process and could continue on her own, Mia took me on a tour and we sat down in the studio and talked about her beliefs and her business.
It came out during our conversation that Mia struggled with cancer. Immediately we had a connection and part of our conversation focused on running a business and dealing with cancer at the same time. She explained that for her every day is a blessing and an opportunity to share her gift with others. With that said, she also explained that she is very selective with who she accepts as regular students. They must listen and want to learn. If she feels in any way that someone may create distractions or disruptions, she only takes them on a trial basis.
This is our 3rd year competing in the Water & Energy Fest Rain Barrel competition. The barrel design and painting is being done by the 7th and 8th grade art club members and the finished project will be auctioned off at the festival on April 26th, 10AM-3PM at Memorial Park. It appears that a couple of our club members were busy doing things other than painting.....
FBCS students are creating posters on water conservation to be displayed at the Stuart Water & Energy Fest, April 26th, 10AM-3PM at Memorial Park. This is a great opportunity for our students to use their artistic abilities to impact our community. Please join with us by discussing water conservation with your children at home.
One of my favorite activities is creating Bible verse Collages. I fill the back tables with all kinds of goodies -- colored paper, silk flowers, yarn, string, wallpaper and material sample books, foam shapes and pieces, feathers, watercolors, markers, colored pencils, scissors, and glue. This year one of my parents donated broken egg shells that she had dyed beautiful colors. They were definitely a big hit! The students get a piece of cardboard and a tray. They walk around the tables collecting and then the magic begins. The only rule is their creation must include one of their favorite Bible verses. Here are a few of the completed collages.
During our study on Philippians 4:6, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" students created a "5 Finger Prayer" hand. Each finger represents people we are to pray for.
THUMB: Those closest to you, your family.
POINTER: Those that point you in the right direction (teachers, doctors, pastors).
INDEX: (tallest) Those that lead us. Government (for wisdom and guidance).
RING: (weakest) Those that are weak in trouble, or in pain.
PINKIE: (smallest) Pray for ourselves and our own needs.