Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 14 2023
(No class on July 4)
Art Omi Education Pavilions
Ages 13 – 16
Led by Art Omi: Education Teaching Artist Abril Barajas, this class is for students of all experience levels who are looking to expand their creative practice and learn more about creative handbuilding in clay. Over the course of two weeks, students will learn basic ceramic processes including designing, building, glazing, firing, and problem-solving with the goal of completing one ceramic-dominant project. By the end of the class students will take home a unique sculptural piece along with new ways to think and talk about art. In addition to exploring process and technique, we will ask ourselves and each other about our individual goals and interests in the art world, talk about art that inspires us, and reflect on what being an artist means to us and what forms our future artistic endeavors may take. Beginners welcome!
Abril Barajas is a Mexican-American craftsman and artist working and living in the Hudson Valley. They are an interdisciplinary artist with works moving through many mediums, but predominantly invests her time in Ceramic and Performance work. Her work interweaves ancestral knowledge and practices of communion to explore education and land experience as devotional acts. She is deeply concerned with the magic-making that occurs during the conflation of the things we love naturally and the loves embedded in us by larger structures. They are interested in replicating culture, ritual, and devotion by way of an artist or community constructed lexicon. She is eager and excited to facilitate these beautiful acts of communion and commitments to exchanging knowledge during times like these.