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I have been trying to come up with some interesting lessons for my
High School ceramics classes that starts next Thursday. I have the beginning
Freshmen through the Honor Seniors. I want to cover the basics...pinch pots,
coil pots, slab construction, and wheel thrown forms.... However, I want to
do this in a Multi-cultural fashion.
I was wondering if anyone can help me find any good resources for....
Now I found info. on the internet with some Japanese letters and the
alphabet, but I was hopeing for something mor along the lines of words or
phrases that the students can put together to form a "deep saying" or
discription about something to last forever. Does anyone have a book or
handouts with anything that may relate to that?
I have some posters of Pre-Columbian art, but I am looking for possibly
any descriptive books about effigy vessels, figurative sculpture, or
historical references concerning the religious beliefs or cultural
traditions of these societies....such as Mayan, Aztec, Olmec, etc.
I read a post about students making self-portait/busts from another time
period out of various materials, but I would like to have the advanced
students make these completely out of clay. Does anyone have suggestions
that would help me prepare the students for such a task. Would you suggest
any type of structure or "stuffing" that would help stabelize their work to
make it easier to work on and keep the form from collapsing? Should I have
the students bring in a picture or draw a portrait first, or is it alright
to have them do a portrait of a friend or some "idol" they look up to, like
a movie/rock star? (I know Bunki has a few styro. heads out there, but I
don't think that would be wise to stick in the kiln ... hah!)
Of course I have many more questions for my wonderful friends out
there, but I'll leave it at rest for now. Any other suggestions you may have
for H.S. Ceramics would be greatly appreciated. BTW .... many thanks go out
to astroboy, Ckart, crizmac, Litsal, and the cat lady. Hope to hear from
more of you others soon!
Thanks in advance!
John Tiemann >>>Nervous about his first teaching job starting in one week!! AHH!