Aspen Art Teacher Receives LAPSF Grant

Britt Williams


Britt Williams, art teacher at Aspen Elementary School, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

Williams’ grant will impact 55 6th grade students. The students will learn about the Empty Bowls events from Gillian Sutton. 

Then, they will learn about clay process, see examples from other artists and do the preliminary sketches of their bowls. 

After constructing their bowls using slabs and forms, the students can add texture to their bowls or build up features on the bowl’s surface. 

Once their pieces have dried and been bisque fired, they will glaze them and send them into the kiln for a final firing. Williams will have her students take part in a peer critique and reflect on the processes used in making the bowls and how these methods affected the final outcomes. 

All of the bowls created by the students will be donated to the Empty Bowls Project. This annual event is put on by Self Help, Inc. which is an organization that aids individuals and families in developing self-reliance in Northern New Mexico. 

To read about Self Help and the Empty Bowls event, visit the website at

Williams used a combination of resources to make this project a reality for her 6th grade students. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation funded $436 and the Aspen Elementary School PTO funded $200.   

Self Help’s board member Gillian Sutton shared her passion for the Empty Bowls event. The students will see their clay bowls become an asset that contributes to a worthwhile cause. 

A list of all of the Foundation’s Great Ideas from this and previous years can be seen at




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