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Leslie Blackford

Leslie Blackford
Munfordville, KY 42765
Website: Under Construction

Background Information

Years Teaching:  3
Years Teaching Clay:  3
Years Working w/Clay:  9
School or Studio:  7 schools in Hart Co. Kentucky
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  Masks, animal faces , lights from polymer
First Experience With Clay:  A friend introduced me and from the moment I touched the clay I was hooked
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have been teaching polymer clay from ages K-12 for the past 3 years in my local school system. I have also been teaching with a wonderful org. "Parental Involvment" in which we had as many as 400 participants.
I have been to many polymer clay workshops and classes.
ARROWMONT - Nan Roche 2000 demos
SHRINEMONT - 1997-2002 with many amazing artists - Donna Kato, Nan Roche, Lindly Hunanni, Leigh Ross, Marie Segal, Jacquline Lee
GREENBRIAR - polymerclay 2002
ART CONTINUUM - Barbra McGuire 2003 - Dayle Dorshow
Publication Experience:  No
Teaching Level:  Semi-Pro

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  Yes
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Up for discussion
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  2
Maximum Number of Students:  100
How Far Will Travel:  Anywhere
Reimbursed Expenses:  Up for discussion

Class Prep Time:  2 weeks
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  10
Class Listings & Descriptions:  "Unmask Primal Ceativity" - In this class I teach how to make a mask with distinctive animal features. I encourage students to explore different forms to bake the mask on so that all masks are an original piece of art.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"I have found that teaching polymer clay is the most rewarding job I have ever had next to being a mother of 2 great boys. Last year I taught a class and there was a child that did not speak, at all, while I was there. When we had a break in the class I asked his teacher what was wrong, she said 'he has a learning disability in math, reading, all areas'. I passed the clay out to the class and began to explain how to make the animal. Before I was done with instructions this child had sculpted the most beautiful little turtle I have ever seen. I went to his desk and held his animal up so the class could all see it . The whole room was in disbelief. I know this was the first time he had ever been recognized for anything he had ever done, the smile on his face was proof. Now this child is allowed a special time through the week to create with polymer clay. His learning disabilities are still present but he has been recognized by our Gifted and Talented program for his artistic and creative qualities. I am so greatful to have been the one to introduce him to the clay."

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