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The Ceramics Program at Elsie Allen is designed to inspire the creativity of every student by progressing though a series of hand building assignments leading up to working on the Ceramic Wheel. We become fluent in the academic vocabulary associated with the Elements of Design: Line, Shape, Space, Value, Texture, and Color. We also address the Principles of Design: Unity, Proportion, Balance, Harmony, Rhythm, Movement, Pattern, and Emphasis. We learn the skills needed to be successful in many different hand building techniques including Pinching, Slab Rolling, Coiling, Sculptural (both Relief and Intaglio.) We also look at the historical implication of art and practice deconstruction and looking at the significance of meaningful artwork.


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Charles Zweig   After growing up in Santa Rosa, Charles Zweig received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University in 2004 with a double major in Art Studio and Art Education. He then moved to Los Angeles where he attended California State University Northridge. There he received his Single Subject Teaching Credential for Visual Arts. He moved back to Santa Rosa and taught Art at Santa Rosa Middle School. He has been teaching Ceramics at Elsie Allen High School since 2008.