Friendship Tree Sculpture Project
Artist and teacher Pam Golden invites students and staff to experience the fun and flexible nature of clay, and to participate in the creation of a permanent assemblage sculpture. Clay is an elemental material that has been used throughout history by cultures around the world! The Friendship Tree Sculpture Project provides many interdisciplinary connections with academic curriculum, to Common Core Standards and ceramic artwork from many world cultures, including Native American, Asian, Mexican, South American, Indian, Egyptian and more! Pam will build a unique clay “tree trunk base”, and each student will create an original clay sculptural piece. The clay pieces will be stacked together on top of the tree trunk to become the Friendship Tree and its branches. Students will experiment with visual textures, facial expressions and designs on the clay’s surface. This vibrant site-specific sculpture can be installed indoors or out. In future residencies, more clay pieces may be added to the Friendship Tree Sculpture to become additional branches. This will keep the spirit of community building growing!
Participant Limit: 25
Curriculum Connection: Sculpture, Ceramics, World Cultures, Collaborative Work
Workshop Fee: $350 for two sessions with a group
Note: It is preferable to schedule at least two workshops in a single day.
Planning Session: $125
Material Fee: $3/student
Kiln Firing Fee: $80 (bisque and glaze firings at $40/each)
Installation Fee (for Friendship Tree only, includes sculptural clay tree trunk, wooden base, hardware and site installation): $700
Travel Fee: based upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
- Planning session with teachers/facilitators
- Workshop 1: Students make clay faces and figures
- Workshop 2: Students paint their pieces with glazes
- Firing of the student work in Pam’s studio kiln.
- Pam will construct the tree pieces in her studio
- Installation of the tree in an interior or exterior space in your school
At least two sessions needed for each group; one for sculpting and one for painting and glazing. Pam fires student work in her studio kiln and then delivers the finished pieces to the school (additional travel fee). The artist will need 4-6 weeks after the residency ends to complete the assembly and installation.