Alabama Clay Conference

K-12 Educators

Alabama Clay Conference 2017
K-12 Educators’ Clay Forum and Workshops
Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Welcome to the Alabama Clay Conference (ALCC) K-12 Educator workshops for 2017. In keeping with the mission and vision of the Alabama Crafts Council and the annual Alabama Clay Conference, we are offering conference opportunities and workshops for K-12 art educators.

By sharing what you learn at the conference with your students, you are helping create a future for the ceramic arts. The K-12 Educators’ Clay Forum offers classroom-related dialogue and exchanges as well as hands-on workshops. We are hoping to serve as an ongoing resource for K-12 educators currently (or wishing to be) involved in the ceramic arts.

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 there will be a special half-day program offered in conjunction with the ALCC 2017.

  • 9:30-10:30 – Tour the ceramic holdings of the Birmingham Museum of Art and learn how to use the Museum as a resource for teaching ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. Free, but must sign up at registration table, limited to 15 people.
  • 11:00-12:30 - Hands-on workshops. You may choose one of four workshops. They will be offered first to K-12 educators on a first-come-first-served basis. On January 15, 2017, remaining seats will be offered to regular conference attendees.

We also encourage you to participate in the entire Alabama Clay Conference, if you are able, which takes place beginning the evening of February 16th through Sunday February 19th.

The Presenters this year for the Sunday Workshops are:

1) Ken Baskin, associate professor of art/ceramics at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will share his unique techniques and processes in manipulating the soft and malleable substance of clay into highly industrial-looking artifacts of machines and machine parts. This hands-on workshop will be “geared” toward K-12 art educators as they develop ideas in planning three-dimensional arts experiences for their students.
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art

2) Cheryl Tall, internationally known ceramic artist, will share her passion for her work dealing with the human figure. She will demonstrate her coil building method in creating wonderfully animated characters filled with whimsy and humor.
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art

3) Tony Clennell, internationally known, second-generation, ceramic artist from Canada, will demonstrate his adventurous and playful methods of handling his functional forms. Tony will work with art teachers to help them improve their skills in teaching wheelthrowing and the creation of functional forms.
Location: MakeBHM

4) Tony and Rachel Wright, professors of art at the University of South Alabama, will bridge the gap between printmaking and clay through the use of current technologies. Rachel is highly involved with learning about laser printers and 3D scanning at the makers’ space in Mobile. She participated in a special workshop for this at Anderson Ranch this summer.
Location: MakeBHM

We look forward to your involvement with the ALCC 2017 Educators’ Session.

As a special offer for educators (you might be able to use your school’s Professional Development funds to attend) we are offering, for the first time ever, a TWO-Day weekend pass for the conference. This is a significantly reduced cost for educators, with more than $70 in savings.

$125 (EarlyBird) - is for a special K12 Educators two-day weekend registration to the Alabama Clay Conference. This way, your school does not have to pay for substitutes. This special rate entitles you to:

  • Participation in all ALCC events and activities on Saturday, February 18
    (includes lunch, dinner, and participation in the mug exchange event)
  • A special Sunday Morning Educators Forum 9-10:30 AM at the Birmingham Museum of Art (includes a light continental breakfast)
  • One hands-on workshop with a professional artist, Sunday, February 19, 11 AM-12:30 PM
  • One ALCC 2017 custom T-shirt

The price increases to $145 on December 1 and after.

$45 (EarlyBird) – Sunday only

  • A special Sunday Morning Educators Forum 9-10:30 AM at the Birmingham Museum of Art
  • One hands-on workshop with a professional artist, Sunday, February 19, 11 AM-12:30 PM
  • One ALCC 2017 custom T-shirt

The price increases to $65 on December 1 and after

Thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education.

Register here