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Children’s Literature Inspired Bookends

Children’s Literature Inspired Bookends

Joined Vessel “MONSTERS”

Joined Vessel “MONSTERS”

Ceramic 1 students have just completed their hand-building unit for term one. To complete the pinch pot unit, students created a joined vessel monster.

Essential Understandings

  • A successful joined vessel should be considered seamless. Additional pieces could be added to establish a stronger emphasis of the overall composition.

Objective of the project:

– Student monsters must have had at least one eye and a mouth for an opening. Craftsmanship is important in this lesson, as you don’t want any of the added details to break off in construction. Both positive and negative space should be emphasized.

-Lastly students were expected to glaze the monster with 3 or more glaze color choices.

  • Art Elements – Form, Space and Color
  • Principles of Design – Emphasis

Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood

Art One Figure Sculpting

Art One Figure Sculpting

Two of the Art One classes just completed their figure drawing sculptures. This project included several steps including making the project out of wire, covering it with tape and then covering it with plaster. They were then sprayed bronze to simulate bronze casting. Students added ‘accessories’ to emphasize what position they chose to put their figure in.

The main goal of creating the figures was to learn about body proportions. For example, the average person’s length from head to top of legs is the same length as their legs and your arms are long enough to touch the middle of your thighs. Having the figures in proportion from the beginning allowed students to move them into realistic positions. Each figure had to stand or rest in a natural position – it was quite the challenge!

Students learned about Alberto Giacometti’s ‘Three Men Walking’ as well as Edgar Degas’ ‘Little Dancer of Fourteen Years’ bronze sculptures and used them as inspiration for their works. They end result was fabulous!

Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood

Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit

Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit
Intro To Ceramics: Hand Building Unit
Intro To Ceramics students were very busy in Term 1. Students were introduced to clay, wedging, glazing, and hand building techniques such as test tiles, pinch pots, joined vessels, and coil construction. Tactile awareness is essential in clay construction, being able to construct a vessel being 1/4″ thick in most areas, smooth in another, then adding texture to accentuate the form, can really make or break a piece.
Essential Understandings
  • Successful hand building is based on quality craftsmanship. In order for the students to showcase a quality hand built piece quality construction and glazing is vital to the overall craftsmanship.
Objectives to the project
  • Students will utilize the standard hand building qualities which include, wedging of clay, 1/4″ thick walls, smooth on one side, slipping and scoring to adhere a seamless piece. When glazing the glaze must enhance the final product. Selection of glazing is vital to the overall finished product.
  • Elements of art utilized in term 1 projects: Form, Texture, Color
Massachusetts State Frameworks: Visual Art
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
     1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
PreK–12 STANDARD 2: Elements and Principles of Design
     2.15 Create artwork that demonstrates understanding of the elements and principles of design in establishing a point of view, a sense of space, or a mood