BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some South Mississippi students are discovering the beauty of ceramics, not in a regular classroom, but, in a real art studio. It is a unique art program being taught by professional artists.
It is not your traditional school art class. The setting is at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi, and one of the teachers is ceramics artist Stacey Johnson.
"This brings the students into a real working art studio, and they learn from the ground up. They learn about the clay, the materials, the equipment that we use. They just get to work in this amazing facility," said Johnson.
Once a week, as many as 15-home schooled students come to the Center for Ceramics for art lessons.
"At home, you're really limited on the things that you get to use, like you really don't get clay. It's very fun, and you get to get dirty," said eleven-year-old Gabe Stone.
"It's fun, because you're like in a real art studio, and you get to work with clay," said nine-year-old Samantha Roberts.
Using their hands and all sorts of available tools, the children can turn slabs of ordinary clay into creative sculptures.
"You don't know what you're going to make when you come in, but you come out with something really good," said nine-year-old Levi Thompson.
They will get to use the pottery wheel, and learn different artistic techniques. And parents can tie-in what their children make in the studio with the curriculum they have at home.
"They're going to learn coiling, working with sculpture, and they're learning about the glazes and the way they can decorate the clay," said Johnson.
"It's my favorite thing in the world, teaching children. They're just so uninhibited, and creative and they make really mind-blowing beautiful things," she added.
The cost for each child ranges from $10 to $15 per session. The fee covers the instruction, materials, and use of the equipment.