Musical instruments have helped us communicate and express ourselves since the beginning of human culture. Learning about the musical instruments of the ancient Americas and building and playing our own instruments helps us to awaken the memory of our connection to nature, cultivate presence through working with clay, and experience joy through sound and music-making. In this hands-on workshop, participants will get an in-depth introduction to the Ocarina, a type of globular clay flute that has been made for thousands of years in Central and South America. Over the course of four sessions, we will build understanding of and confidence with the skills needed to design, build, and decorate both simple and sculptural clay flutes.
Throughout the course of the workshop participants will be introduced to different types of historical and original hand-built musical instruments, learn to construct a simple ocarina, and design and build a zoomorphic (bird or animal-shaped) ocarina, and be introduced to traditional finishing techniques like painting with engobes and burnishing.
All materials, supplies and firing are included. No previous experience with clay, instruments, or music is needed!
Where: Creativity Center, 3137 Eastern Ave. Baltimore MD 21224
When: THURSDAYS | MAY 2, 9, 16, & 23 | 6-9PM
Age Range: 16+
Cost: $75 standard, $70 members