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WHS Visual Arts – Creating Ceramic Art through a Worldwide Pandemic

WHS Visual Arts – Creating Ceramic Art through a Worldwide Pandemic

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.

Children’s Literature Inspired Bookends

Children’s Literature Inspired Bookends

Fabulous Shoes

Fabulous Shoes

In Ceramics II the students have been hard at work constructing amazing shoes out of clay. Students first designed paper templates. After the paper prototype was constructed students then moved on to clay. Students realized many changes had to be adjusted along the way for the finished product to look  like a realistic shoe. Craftsmanship, and observation were some key components to a successful shoe.

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

Ceramics 2 – Set of Mugs

Ceramics 2 – Set of Mugs

MA Standard: Students will demonstrate their powers of observation, abstraction, invention and expression in a variety of media, materials and techniques.

Expectations: Students will create a set of mugs, either wheel thrown, or hand built. Something is considered a set in many ways, color, form, technique, graphics, use of texture, line or all of the above.