The 2nd Graders — having completed their clay portraits, inspired by a significant person and cultural celebration in each of their lives — took a mini-field trip up to the high school art department to load their sculptures into the kiln. Walking up eight flights of stairs and carefully cradling their fragile clay constructions, the students arrived at the small metal shed atop the main building, adjacent to the MS & HS art studio. Inside, they each carefully placed his/her sculpture on the shelves inside the kiln. Once all three classes had completed the journey and the task, the kiln was turned on Friday afternoon and the firing process occurred over the weekend. This week, the students will move on to the next step of their project: using colored glazes to continue to bring their clay portraits to life!