Children watched carefully as Patz Fowle demonstrated how to create a hedgehog using terracotta clay at North Augusta Elementary School.
“I see awesomeness all over the place,” said Fowle as she went from table to table to check on the status of the pupils’ masterpieces.
Fowle was a visiting artist-in-resident at the school Thursday. She taught pupils how to create a variety of animals from terracotta clay including funky chickens, frogs, birds, pigs, mice, birds and dolphins.
Step by step, the pupils turned what was a ball of clay into the hedgehog form. As each step was complete, smiles could be seen throughout the room as pupils admired what they did.
Throughout the sessions, she gave the pupils compliments on their progress and how well they were doing in creating their animals. She also recognized that each one is unique.
“The piece that you make, there won’t be another one like it in the universe,” she told pupils. “We are unique, and our work will be too.”
In addition to exposing pupils to a style of art, she also aims to build the pupils’ self-confidence.
“When they do something like this, they’re feeling confident about what they’ve done,” she said. “They see that they were successful and they take that feeling with them throughout their day. It reinforces to them that they can do it. Whatever it is, they can do it.”