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Create your favorite natural objects in clay!  Learn how to form organic shapes and combine many parts into a whole, creating your own interpretation of flowers, shells, seed pods or other natural objects.  Discover the patterns and geometric structures of these forms to help you sculpt the clay successfully. A variety of natural resources will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own objects for study.

Nature in Clay Workshop Clay

Susan Mitrano

About the Teaching Artist

A native of West Windsor, Susan Mitrano is a certified K-12 Art Teacher who has taught in Princeton, Bridgewater and Montgomery schools as well as community art centers in NJ and PA.  She has a BFA from Syracuse University in graphic design with a minor in photography.  After a 15-year career as a designer and art director, Ms. Mitrano earned her BA in Art Education at The College of NJ.  She is long time watercolorist, studying with Robert O’Brien, AWS in Vermont and others locally.  She studied ceramics with Ursula Kaplowitz and enjoys working in many kinds of clay.  She is also an avid printmaker and loves to share her knowledge of art history and art-making with the children she teaches.

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