up a schedule. There was a day to prep and wedge the clay(they needed at least
two balls of clay to throw, in case they messed up at first the could just take
it off and quickly put another one on without having to wedge it up.
rotated days on the wheel and days prepping clay. Prepping clay could also
include cleaning tools and area. Any way you look at it it is a mess.
Having another project (Handbuilt?) to work on helps. I even scheduled the ones
who had already thrown to be helpers to students on the
to teach a regular class of 30 students so could not always be on top of
need extra time to clean up.
Reclaiming clay was also a good activity for time not on the wheel. There
is a need to have things, specific, for them to do.
this helps...email me if you have any questions
-----Original Message----- From: Marcia Lavery
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 7:14
PM To: ArtsEdNet Talk Subject: another Q..... pottery
Hey guys, Thanks for the colored pencil advice. Now here's another
question. I have two pottery wheels in my room and the kids have been
BEGGING to use them. Last year, I taught some kids how to use the
pottery wheel after school for art club and it was a HUGE mess. There
was clay all over the floor and everywhere. I want to try teaching it to
my advanced art class this year and need some advice. Any tips on
keeping the room clean? How have you organized using 2 wheels with 15
students? How much time would you give the students to use the pottery
wheels? Any other tips would be appreciated for a new teacher!