We continue to offer classes to help arts teachers rejuvenate and hone their skills, or develop completely new ones. This year we are delighted to offer the opportunity to music and theater teachers as well. These classes can be taken for credit–either University of Wyoming graduate credit or Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board credits. Thus, classes can be used to renew licensure and/or move over on the payscale.
These classes are completely self-motivated and independent, can be done from anywhere and are time-flexible. Each participant chooses what they will study and writes a short proposal. They then study and create, and document their work. Finally, a short paper is submitted along with documentation of the work they have done. In the visual arts, classes have been used for everything from reacquainting oneself with clay and developing projects suitable for the elementary classroom to teaching oneself advanced glazing techniques. In 2-dimensional art, teachers have used them to enhance their watercolor skill, or develop a sketchbook process which is then used in the classroom, or learning a variety of printing techniques and figuring out how to adapt them to the classroom. Really, a teacher can do whatever takes their fancy. We are excited to see what music and theater teachers come up with! This would be a great way to develop some technical skills in theater, or perhaps to teach yourself about new music for use in the classroom from a more diverse group of composers.
Please see below for the registration forms, which also include syllabi.
After a year of pandemic, and the gray of winter, it’s time for flowers and the garden! Come enjoy this show of artwork inspired by and made for the garden. This show features a lot of items made with cloth. Bethany Birkemeyer dyes silk scarves with natural materials found in the environment. Cindy Paul creates quilts with themes from nature. Cathe Sowin uses scraps of fabric and leftover beads to create sculptures, jewelry and more. Another interesting addition to the show are Kathryn Bethna’s wrapped rocks. She selects them from rivers and wraps them, sometimes with other objects, to create objects both interesting to look at and touch. In addition, we have collages, prints, paintings, and pottery. Our featured artists are:
Cathe Sowin Puckett
Christine Ginnity, Kickwheel Creative
Monking Bird Pottery
This exhibit continues through April. We will be open for Artwalks on March 11 and April 8 from 5-8, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-3, or by request.
Clay Paper Scissors is offering two new summer classes this year! We are offering independent study in music and theater for teachers or anyone else interested. Similar to our visual arts classes, these allow the student to design what it is they want to learn, submit a proposal, spend time learning and then document their learning. These classes are also three credits from either the Professional Teaching Standards Board or University of Wyoming. These classes make perfect socially distanced learning, as they can be done in the place of your choice, at the time of your choosing. They are very flexible and intended to allow teachers to truly build skills in areas where they feel they are lacking. These can be personal enrichment, or specific to teaching.
We have been closed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. We are continuing to monitor the situation. At this time, we are open by appointment only. If you’d like to come in, we will be wearing masks, and encourage you to do so as well. We will also work with people electronically (through facetime or pictures) if you are looking for an item. Curbside pickup, and delivery in the Cheyenne area are also available. Our In the Garden show is still up at this time, so we have a wide variety of items available.
If you are looking for credits for license renewal or for moving on the pay scale (or both!), we are offering two independent classes this summer. These are done on your own time, wherever you are. You decide what you will study and how you will do it. These classes are three credits, which is broken out as 40 hours of study, and 5 hours for writing your proposal, taking pictures and writing your final paper. These classes have been used for everything from in depth exploration of a specific glaze type to reacquainting or learning a new medium to just rediscovering your own artistic process.
You can take one or both classes, and you can take them again if you have taken them in the past. Both classes are approved for either PTSB or University of Wyoming graduate credit–your choice.
The registration forms are attached. If you have questions, please be in touch.
In the Garden welcomes spring! This multi-artist show features artwork inspired by and created for the garden. In the Garden opens February 13, 2020 during the February Artwalk from 5-8 PM and runs through March, 2020. Artists include:
In honor of Clay Paper Scissor’s 10 year anniversary, we invited artists to create a piece of art using a mint tin we provided. Forty artists returned work, some more than one. We are surprised and humbled and awed by the range of creative work returned by artists.
From John Giarrizzo’s quiet look at horses in their herds to Lynn Newman’s extravagant colors to the movement in every line of Mark Ritchie’s prints to David Klarén’s stylized scenes, this show has something for everyone!
John Giarrizzo, from a series titled Within the Herd (watercolor).
David Klarén, from left to right: “Stallion” (oil on canvas); “Stallion” (oil on canvas and found ceramic object); “Two Flags” (oil on canvas).
Lynn Newman’s oil painting “Hidden Language Meeteetse WY”
“Running Lines” by Mark Ritchie (woodcut folded book)
We are offering two classes this summer. These classes are geared towards arts educators looking to get credit, but could also be used by other teachers interested in visual arts, including theater teachers looking to improve skills in the design aspects of theater. Both are independent study classes–one in ceramics, the other in 2-D media. Both classes have been approved for 3 credits from either the Professional Teaching Standards Board or the University of Wyoming. Classes are $200 each, plus the cost of UW credit if the student chooses that.
In both cases, the student will write a proposal detailing what they intend to learn and the methods they will use to learn it. Participants then spend 40 hours in independent learning. At the end of the period, they submit pictures of their work and a short paper about what was learned. Proposals have ranged wildly from getting reacquainted with clay and developing an elementary curriculum to exploration of a specific glaze type. If you aren’t sure your idea will work, please feel free to call or email us to talk about it prior to submitting your proposal. We are also open to unusual ideas, so call us if what you want to do doesn’t appear to fit exactly and let us help you!
The 10 Year Mint show has been moved to September-October, 2019. If you are interested in participating, please contact us for tins! Tins are due by August 23, 2019. The information we send with the tin is as follows:
Clay Paper Scissors has been minted for 10 years now! To celebrate, we are inviting artists to create a new piece of artwork which uses a mint tin. You can do whatever you like to the tin: felt it, cut it, put something inside it, put it inside something else, scratch off the coating and put your own on, paint it…whatever your mind comes up with.
Send or deliver your finished piece by August 23, 2019 to:
Clay Paper Scissors, 1513 Carey Ave, Cheyenne WY 82001
Please include the following information:
your name, address, title of artwork (if titled), price (if for sale; our commission is 30%), media.
Questions: 307-631-6039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Year Mint will be on display from September—October. It opens September 12 during the Artwalk from 5-8 PM. All are welcome to attend!