I’m art teacher Mrs. Post. I have taught little budding artists all of my career as an art teacher. I have helped my students learn how to cut with a pair of scissors to using their imaginations to create original works of art.
I became an art teacher somewhat by accident. It happened because I loved art and wanted to tell others how cool it was. Making art is always where I find my calm and excitement for life. Calmness while creating, and excitement while sharing.
While teaching in Roseville, Michigan years ago I shared my love for art with a little girl named Michelle. Michelle loved my art class. So much so that she grew up to be an artist just like me. Now she enjoys making art just as much as I do.
When you are a teacher of children you're kind of like a seed planter. You work hard preparing the soil so things are just right for the seeds that you plant in the young minds of your students. While seed planting you hope for the best that the seeds will take root and grow into something amazing someday that will continue to grow where they are planted. Most of the time you never see your harvest but this time I had the opportunity to do so.
Meet artist turned small business owner Michelle Boggess (Nunley). AKA my art student.
Not only is Michelle an artist, but she now promotes other artists at her newly acquired Posterity Art Galley located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. https://www.posterityartgallery.com/ Here you can find her amazing paintings along side other artists in the local community.
So it goes to show you, you just never know how supporting a little budding artist can make an impact.
I was once a little budding artist. Now I am a small business owner helping little artists grow into BIG artists. I enjoy helping children learn about art, create art, and watching them grow as artists. I would love to bring this rich art experience to your little budding artist.
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I would like to introduce you to one of my art students named Sammy. She is 7 years old and is in the second grade. She loves art, coloring, learning about sculpture and modeling clay.
When Sammy was getting ready to go back to school this fall, she got inspired by her school supplies. Having saved some of her clay from one of her clay kits she was able to sculpt an apple, pencil, paint palette and brush with it.
Sammy was so excited about how her creations turned out, that she just had to show me! I was so impressed at how well she had sculpted them that her work inspired me to create a Back To School themed clay kit.
An extruder is a tool that passes clay through a tube to form coils, which are used for handles on mugs, teapots, jugs and for applied decorating. There are different types that can be hand-held, attached to a wall or table.
Types Of Extruders
One of my favorite extruders is Play-Doh's Fun factory.
In my opinion every kid should have one because they are just so fun to squeeze! The Play-Doh slides through the dies super easy! It comes with interchangeable dies for a variety of coils.
These are great for modeling clays and doughs to mold and create fun shapes. Ideal for early learners. They are perfect for little hands to develop their fine motor skills.
Of course the easiest extruder to find is probably already in your kitchen drawer - the good old garlic press. I have two that I use all the time. One for white clay and one for brown clay.
These are great for creating hair on sculptures of people,
a horse or lion's mane,
and bird nests.
Fun Fact - The hamburger that you get from the butcher is meat that goes through a form of an extruder called a meat grinder.
Extruders use dies which are metal disks with spaces cut out to extrude different shaped coils.An extruder propels the clay through the die to create the desired shape.
Dies come in a variety of shapes and sizes like these: