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Re: [teacherartexchange] clay cleanup


From: maki-KAWA (kawa-makio_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 10 2008 - 05:36:03 PDT

Greetings Art Educators,

I have updated the page with clay lesson ideas:
If you have a ceramic lesson you would like to share.

Art Teacher
Shinozaki Elementary School Art Museum
Art Lessons and Ideas for Teachers

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From: "Maggie White" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 1:38 AM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] clay cleanup

>I taught ceramics every semester in the 3D classes, and also used a poster
>charting cleanup. For some reason, it worked very well and there were few
>students who tried to get away with not doing their part correctly. My
>chart consisted of the chore to be done, plus a brief description (i.e.,
>TOOLS--collect all the tools and clean all the clay off. Place in the can
>by the sink.). Each chore had two paper clips after it where I would place
>student names. These were printed on index cards, put in alphabetical
>order, and then inserted into the clips after attendance and the students
>had gotten to work. Most chores had two people. I think the fact that
>everyone knew we were going in alphabetical order, that they would have a
>chore just once or maybe twice a week, and with a partner, made them pitch
>in better. If someone tried to get away with not doing the job right, they
>had to do it again the next day. Since I knew--and they knew I knew--who
>was responsible for each chore, if it wasn't done right those particular
>students couldn't leave 'til it was done. And I wouldn't write them a late
>pass unless they were legitimately held up by someone else (they did have
>to be mindful of doing chores in logical sequence; in other words, don't
>clean the floor 'til the counters are done, or the floor will get dirty
> One thing is: don't assume they know how to clean. You have to show
> them. What does a clean counter look like? Do they actually know where
> the tools should go? If they can clean them and drop them into a can or
> bucket by the sink, it's no big deal for you to move it back to the clay
> area afterwards. Here's how you clean the counters: scrape off the
> stuck-on blobs and throw them in the recycle bin, while your partner
> follows behind with a really wet rag FOLDED, not bunched up; folding gives
> you a lot of clean surface area.
> I didn't insist on spotlessness since clay was confined to one area. If
> they wanted to work at a classroom table, they were responsible for really
> cleaning it for following classes so there was no dried residue. This
> requires a clean rag, not one used in another area. Go to Costco or
> somewhere and buy a big bag of shop towels. They last a long time, and
> you'll always have clean ones. I cleaned them in the machines in the
> athletic dept.
> As for mixing clay...well, if they need some clay, someone has to work
> with it, and it ain't gonna be me! Oftentimes if someone had to wait for
> something to dry, I could send him outside with a hammer to break up
> clods, then dump some water in the bucket. I would watch it and pour off
> the excess when it seemed saturated enough. Then, if someone needed clay,
> they would glop some on the plaster wedging blocks and let it set a while
> before wedging. Yeah, boring job, but tough, kiddos. Deal with it. They
> could store their newly-wedged clay in their classroom locker so no one
> else could steal it.
> Hope this helps.
> Maggie
> Maggie
> Terry Marney wrote:
>> Hi all. I've been teaching art at the high school level for a few years
>> now and am looking for ideas for my clay class. It's an introductory
>> level class. I'm looking for suggestions on how to get students to pitch
>> in and be responsible for clay cleanup. We have a recycled clay bin,
>> which nobody ever wants to mix. Nobody ever wants to load the plaster
>> trough with wet recycled clay. Clay tools are haphazardly cleaned and
>> left wherever. How do others make kids accountable for those types of
>> jobs without constantly nagging? I've tried making a poster to keep track
>> of who does what. I've told them that studio maintenance is worth 25% of
>> their grade. They just don't take it seriously and then are shocked when
>> their grades aren't great. Any suggestions? I'd love to look at any
>> rubrics or other ideas!Terry
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