Project Description

Ceramics Program at Hawthorne

In this pilot after-school program, K-6 elementary school students at Hawthorne Elementary in Fruitvale learned about art, geometry, and chemistry while working with clay to create objects.

In the first year, Oakland Fund for the Arts (now AOK) purchased the kiln and funded graduate students from California College of Arts and Crafts to teach the class. Additional years included classes for both in-school and after-school programs at other schools. Projects have included reptiles, Dia de los Muertos masks, aquatic life sculptures, and bowls containing replicas of cultural food.