Education

Larissa is a Queensland registered Art & Media teacher with over 20 years of experience in developing and writing art programs, covering primary to tertiary years. Her Art in Clay professional development days for teachers have become an extremely popular annual event, showcasing local and nationally recognised ceramic artists, innovative approaches to making, useful health and safety procedures and technical advise.

With a variety of experience and skills in hand building, wheel throwing, slip casting and experimental techniques Larissa designs each workshop to cater the needs of its students and current curriculum. She is a regular artist in resident in primary and secondary schools, private clay schools and TAFE and provides quality education resources and packages; which will serve your students and department for years to come. Visits can include a combination of artist talks, demonstrations, mentoring, workshops and installation/public art work. Individualised professional development for Art teachers and support staff is also available which can include advise on kilns, firing, use of clays, tools and glaze.

In 2021 Larissa will be workshopping her Wild Women, Wild Clay project to Secondary students. 12 months of research has resulted in a feature article for The Journal of Australian Ceramics (Nov 2020) and several exhibitions. The large collection of oral and visual histories, experiments and tests, recorded maps, process diaries and collaborative works can be used for Authentic experiences, Reverse chronology, Art as Lens and Art as Knowledge.

On occasion Larissa offers small specialty workshops in her home studio on Tamborine Mountain, advertised through her newsletter. These events are fully exclusive covering lunch, materials and firing.

Previous artist in residencies include-
A.B . Paterson College, St Margaret’s, T.S.S., Hillcrest Christian College, St Benedicts, Coomera Anglican College, Northern Beaches TAFE, All Saints College, G.C. Christian College, Tamborine Mt S.H.S.

Educators can use the form below to request my fees and more information about my services. Please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for upcoming workshops in 2021.

2021 teacher P.D. & workshops

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Testimonials

‘Larissa is a highly knowledgeable and talented ceramicist and teacher. Having attended several of her teachers professional development days, Larissa’s workshops are always fun and engaging – always a definite highlight of the school year! The incursion at my school was a memorable experience my students will never forget. I would highly recommend working with Larissa and we can’t wait to have her back in our classroom next year!’

Megan Davis, Arts Curriculum Leader
St Benedict’s College

Larissa’s workshop with my senior students was a wonderful authentic experience. Larissa motivated and supported each individual throughout the day, cleverly moving from scaffolded tasks to more open-ended opportunities, where students could create their own pieces from scratch. 

Her elegant work and clear demonstrations inspired students to experiment with construction techniques, and ways of embedding or including a range of coloured clays. 

Each student was able to complete a couple of aesthetically pleasing pieces by the end of the day. 

Julia Black, Art Teacher
Gold Coast Christian College

Resources

Smooth Lines

A beginners guide to handbuilding, colouring, and firing porcelain using a variety of techniques.

Wild Women, Wild Clay

A power-point style school presentation.

Layers of Place

Uncovering the wild clays of Tamborine Mountain.

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