Laura E. Ruprecht

Clay, Sculpture, Painting, drawing, bookmaking

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Teaching Artist Statement

I never cease to challenge myself with trying to learn different mediums in art. The more I teach and learn from students, the better I understand how the medium works. My goal as a teaching artist is to confront students with certain artistic challenges and have them be able to creatively solve through the process of art making.

Explore and Nurture Creativity in the classroom

• I like to teach my students the technical skills and knowledge of the certain materials that we use in order to understand the medium and achieve aesthetic goals.
• I like to introduce to my students visual analysis of their own work and that of others.
• I emphasize that their work should above all else be personal, and that the process of actually creating the work can teach them something that they didn’t know when they started.

Residency Projects

Selfie Tiles-Students learn how to transfer pictures of themselves onto clay tiles by using a technique called sgraffito and using underglazes to paint them.

Flower Hanging Tile - This residency was held at St. Benedict’s Senior Community Center. Students created flowers by stamping and painting them onto clay and attaching them to the tile to make a decorative handmade piece to hang in their rooms.

MathsmARTS - Second grade students from Sartell Elementary Schools participated in a yearlong residency incorporating math and art by making a tangram, seven-intersecting circles tile, and an eight-pointed star to learn repeated patterns.