Members are provided with necessary materials to sculpt their own creations. If new to the art form, they begin with simple pinch pots and gradually advance to intermediate and advanced levels. Clay classes are held Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and Fridays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Implementation of Curriculum
Implementing the curriculum can be a force to rethink our current approach to classes, develop new instructional strategies, assessment tools, and enhance professional development. The 9Muses Art Centers' quarterly group exhibits and monthly member solo shows have provided the opportunity to evaluate participation and the development of member driven community projects. Our members active participation in our Exhibitions and Events has guided the natural progression of art studio perceived as a drop-in-center “with a focus on the arts” to a valued community arts organization capable of changing lives. Rethinking art instruction involves a shift from thinking of art strictly as a production-oriented activity area for talented members to one that encourages the development of creative problem solving and critical thinking for all members. Rethinking art instruction also involves careful examination of some current practices at the center. To increase the members' desire to develop new skills and objectives.
Program staff, volunteers, visiting artists and advanced membership providing mentoring services in particular, will want to ensure that members remain engaged as we introduce new concepts and skills. Staff teaching intermediate instruction needs to ensure that content retain course integrity and members interests. For instance art activities that do not promote members’ current critical and creative thinking skills; Excessive use of coloring sheets with pre-drawn outlines, patterns to copy or trace, and step-by-step instructions prevents members from exploring and expressing individual ideas, thoughts, and emotions; deters them from solving problems; and may even delay a desire to participate in additional wellness programs offered. The standards of membership level focus on the member-ship commitment, present capabilities, willingness to learn new skills and a desire to achieve and maintain wellness. When art instruction is aligned with membership standards, the recovery process grows naturally and each day members of 9Muses choose to participate.