Soup Bowls for Hunger

BY Molly Henriksen-Rowland

Peebles Elementary School

Project Description
Working collaboratively with local potter Kimberly Sheeran, of The Barn Pottery, the elementary art teachers of Bourne will work with all fourth graders to create soup bowls that will be donated to Soup bowls for Hunger in April. The Soup Bowls for Hunger event donates profits to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod.

Our goal is to donate 150 functional soup bowls to Soup Bowls for Hunger in April of 2017. Though this process our objectives are to help students feel empowered to make a positive change to problems with in the community. Students will also gain clay building skills, learn about the career of a potter, and build character.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
This project will be evaluated in three ways. The first way that it will be evaluated will be by having students pour a cup of water into their bowls to check for leaks. The second evaluation will be to have students fill out a survey about the project, and the third method of evaluation will be the Soup Bowls for Hunger event .

Benefit to the students and the school
The students will gain character by working diligently on a bowl and then donating to help a person in need. A deeper understanding of clay building methods will also occurs as a result of creating bowls that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and salable. As students work collaboratively towards a common goal the schools will grow as a community.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
January-February * Students discuss Soup Bowls for Hunger Project, visiting artist Kim
Sheeran, the career of a potter, with teacher.

February-March * Visiting potter Kim Sheeran will work with individual fourth grade classes
during art time and begin soup bowl project.
*Over several weeks students will polish their bowls by smoothing rough
and sharp edges, and finish the bottoms of the bowls.
*After all bowls have been fired, students will glaze soup bowls.
*After glaze firing is complete students will test bowls by pouring a cup of
water in to check for leaks.

April * All bowls that meet requirements will be donated to Soup Bowls for
* Students will complete survey about the Soup Bowls Project
* Members of the Bourne Art Department will attend Soup Bowls for
Hunger event and discuss strengths and weakness of the project.