Clay in Education
The OPA sponsors a "Clay in Education" program. This program was created to provide clay instruction by
professional potters in the community. A portion of our annual dues
provides partial funding for our projects. The remainder comes from
donated pottery for sale and our installation each year at Ceramic Showcase. Our members create a clay piece based on a theme, which are displayed and sold to the public.
OPA’s Clay in Education program supports higher education by donating funds and scholarships to artist residencies, the OPA Scholarship Program and the Scholastic Art Awards.
We also provide clay activities at Ceramic
Showcase, Portland Arts Festival, and Art
in the Pearl , three of the finest festival art venues in Portland
. Many of our members are also experienced teachers and participate
in our artist residency program.
Artists are available to teach in any public, private, parochial, or non-profit
Artist residencies are partially funded
by OPA. The Clay in Education program pays 50% of the artist's fee
and the school or organization pays the additional 50% directly to the
artist. The artist's hourly wage is $40.00. If you are a title
one school, or an organization requesting additional funding, please include
an explanatory letter with your application for a residency and increased
funding. Funding is not unlimited and therefore will be allocated
on a first come first served basis with a maximum of 40 hours per site.
Sites may contract for more hours with the artist and pay the entire $40
per hour. Costs for consumable supplies for residencies are in additional
to the program fees. A contract is administered prior to the Clay
in Education experience. Residencies are available to offer an awareness
of ceramic art forms and to introduce students to new skills, which can
be applied to existing curriculum. OPA ceramic artists are professionals
with considerable experience and expertise.
Introduction (doc) (pdf)
Residency Application (doc) (pdf)
Residendy Planning Checklist (doc) (pdf)
Residency Site Evaluation Form (doc) (pdf)
Residency Artist Evaluation
Oregon Art Education Assoc.
Scholastic Art Awards
El Salvador 2008