This is my first year teaching a course called Pottery/Sculpture in my
middle school. I,too, am on the "look-out" for interesting lessons
ceramic. I did teach a unit in ceramics (a while back) during my student
teaching at the high school level. I believe I got this idea from an
Arts & Activities article. Anyway, it was very successful and the
supervising teacher says she has used it since.
Graffiti Bowls: After an introduction to ceramics and its role in
recording history throughout time, we discussed graffiti as an art form.
Many students at this age want to show their peace signs, hearts, and
wu-tang symbols all over their art. This gave them an opportunity to
create a large coil bowl to carve initials, symbols, and phrases.
Students then explored glazing the vessels with graffiti like images,
more words, and splatter effects. Not only did the kids really love this
project,but each piece was layered with personal imagery and wonderful
experimentation. We also made the connection between symbols and
iconography in ancient art forms and one that they are very familar
with- graffiti. I plan to try it with my middle school students this
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
* ~ "You can never do too much drawing."
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