Arts Renaissance in Tuscaloosa Schools

Bringing the arts to Tuscaloosa-area schools.


October 2015

Busy Beavers Workshop


If you’re reading this, it’s because you’ve expressed interest in volunteering with us at ARTS. The Busy Beavers workshop will be held Friday, October 9th at Matthews Elementary from 1PM to 2:15PM. Volunteers are expected to be there by 12:45PM to check in with the front office.

Mindy Mann will be leading this workshop. You can contact her at 205-861-8288 with any questions.

Busy Beavers involves creating a Dam inside of a shoebox or storage box, using popsicle sticks, dirt, water, clay, and rocks. Students will work in teams of 5 to create their dam. At the end of the experiment, we will pour water into one side of the box to see if their dam works. Please fill out the following form if you’d like to volunteer!


Teachers please let us know if you are interested in any of these clay workshops for your classes!

Volunteers please let us know if you want to assist when we offer these clay workshops.

Clay animals

This workshop can be adapted to class units on worms, fish, snails, or other animals. Students will learn basic modeling techniques so they can make their own clay creatures!

Expected run time 45 min

Recommended Ages 6+

Coil Pots

Students will learn about coil pots, one of the oldest forming techniques that is still practiced in many places throughout the globe. They will have the opportunity to craft their own coil pot. They can make a cup, vase or bowl!

Expected run time 45-60 min

Recommended Ages 9+

Face Jugs

Students will learn about the tradition of ceramic face jugs in the American South, and get to model a face on a miniature jug.

Expected run time 45-60 min

Recommended Ages 9+


Students will use a combination of techniques: stamping–incising, and applique–to produce their own unique pottery plate.

Expected run time 45 min

Recommended Ages 5+

Sign up to volunteer

Workshops start next week. Sign up to volunteer under “Get Involved”

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