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Grade 3: Functional Art Monsters

Inspired by a local “functional art” artist, third graders in Mrs. Andrea Crane’s class used clay and old school techniques to create toothbrush holders, bowls, candy dishes, and more.
After reviewing the work of potter, sculptor, and installation artist Molly Berger, Mrs. Crane challenged her students to make “art you can use” with a monster theme. Artists enthusiastically got to work rolling, pinching, and shaping a block of gray clay that will later be fired and glazed. In a second class, they added features like eyes (the more, the better), hair, and monster moles to their pencil cups, jewelry holders, and other pieces. Some, like Nadia Wilkison, decided to make a pet monster. We can’t wait to see the finished functional art!

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.