Wakefield High School Ceramic 1 Art Students have just completed their hand-building unit for term 1. It has been an unconventional start to the school year, to say the least. Although very different, the productivity coming from the Hybrid model has been a very exciting process. More focused time has been spent on project/sketchbook planning, and the detail in the students’ work proves it. Term one exposed the students to three construction methods, pinch, joined vessel pinch, as well as slab construction. The surface treatments that were explored were; sgraffito, slip and score with appendages, and underglaze painting. Very excited to see where this year takes these students.
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.
- 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
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.
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