Cultural tradition: Mexico

Session 1: Grades 3-6

Learn about ancient Pachime Pottery (Mata Ortiz Pottery) and the techniques of Juan Quezada from Casas Grandes Mexico. Explore how to decorate pottery using a simple four dot technique to create a repetitive motif. Create a clay pot for those who have access to a kiln, and experiment with many non-fire clay recipes for those who have no kiln access.  

Cindy ClarkCindy Clark

Cindy L. Clark loves teaching, creating, learning, reading, hiking, and being a gramma. She has been recognized as outstanding art educator for Utah, received the Arthur Watkins award as educator of the year, received a national endowment for the arts scholarship, and been selected for many other awards. She has been arts specialist for Alpine School District, where she worked with elementary schools, including their principals, to integrate dance, drama, music, and visual arts into classrooms.


A veteran teacher, she taught advanced placement art at Orem High for 23 years and junior high art as well.  She has been an adjunct professor at UVU and BYU and also  a student teaching supervisor. In addition, she works with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson arts program at BYU.  


She has exhibited her own works of art in several juried shows including Utah Watercolor Society, BYU Museum, Woodbury Museum, Covey Center, Springville Museum,  and Artist’s Magazine. Her work is published in Northlight Books. She has a Master's Degree in educational leadership and a BA degree in art/English. 

Tara Carpenter

Tara Carpenter

Tara Carpenter has taught students at all levels, from pre-k to continuing education.  She is a mixed-media artist who has had her work   exhibited locally and nationally.  She currently teaches in the Art Education area at Brigham Young University.  Tara has developed new programming at BYU called "Jumpst(ART)," introducing BYU students  to new art techniques and having them teach those techniques to elementary students in an after-school art class.