In Lafayette’s art studio classroom we are not only learning about the elements, principles and media of the visual arts, but are using the arts to gain a greater understanding, depth and richness of language arts, math, science and social studies curricula. Using the arts to teach, creates learning that is internalized and understood by children with all learning styles and on multiple levels. By educating students through the visual arts and traditional academic content simultaneously, I help inspire and nurture the truly creative thinkers needed for this new millennium.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lunch Hour Pottery Wheel

There is a large group of avid fans of the pottery wheel who use our OPEN ART time to refine their skills. I intervene only occasionally...usually students help each other get that clay centered and remember the steps to create a wheel thrown pot!


  1. Hi Ms. Mclaughlin,
    I was a lunchtime thrower back in the 90s/early 2000s. I just stumbled across this page, and I wanted to let you know how much your classes have affected me; I just had my final critique for advanced ceramics, which I probably wouldn't have thought to take if I hadn't had such wonderful memories of throwing at Lafayette. For some reason I still remember learning about Seurat in your class, so when a painting of his showed up on an art history final last term, I immediately thought of you. I hope you're doing well!
    Julia Cohen, Lafayette class of 2002

    1. SO GREAT to hear from you and so sweet of you to take the time to comment. I would love to see photos of some of your ceramic work... I'm actually getting back into the studio myself this summer at Glen Echo and I can't wait!

    2. So jealous that you'll be at Glen Echo--I'm trying to figure out when I'll next have a chance to throw. I'll definitely take pictures before I pack everything up (not sure how I'll get everything home!) and email some to you soon. Have a great summer!