Three one-week sessions
June 15–19, June 22–26, June 29–July 2 CANCELED
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 6th through rising 12th Grade
What to bring: Passion and creativity
Arrival/dismissal zone: Red
In this class, we will explore ceramic processes from the ancient to the contemporary. We will experiment with traditional coil-built vases and modern throwing techniques on the pottery wheel. Students will create a variety of functional vessels such as bowls, plates, mugs, and pitchers while considering the aesthetic relationship between form and function. On a case-by-case basis, some of our more experienced students will be encouraged to create artwork for their International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) portfolios. Daily personalized instruction will help facilitate artistic growth and weekly group critiques will showcase the collective progress of student work.
Please note: Pottery forms require multiple weeks for drying, bisque firing, and glaze firing. It is recommended that students participate in several sequential weekly sessions in order to experience the entire ceramic process.
Also check out our Painting and Drawing classes!
Teacher bio: Raised in a Quaker community, Aaron Brophy earned an International Baccalaureate diploma from George School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Alfred University with degrees in art and economics and focused mainly on life-sized figurative sculpture. He served as the Interim Curator of the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study sculpture in the Mediterranean at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute. Brophy later held a post as an artist-in-residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and was an adjunct professor of ceramic art and art history at Montgomery College. Brophy presently teaches art at Sidwell Friends School, where he is also the Director of Art Exhibitions. This will be his 20th summer teaching art at Landon School.
Fun fact: Mr. Brophy’s sculptures are on permanent display at the Martha Spak Gallery in the District Wharf neighborhood of Washington, D.C.