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Lesson Plans

Re: Ceramic Picture Frames

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Heidi McElroy (hmcelroy)
Thu, 31 Dec 1998 13:35:29 -0500

Mike, I also teach high school . There was a newspaper article with doors
of houses in our community. I laminated these photos and had students draw
one door in contour line on a piece of 3x4 inch paper. then they made the
door using the slab method with terracotta clay. They could use a
subtractive method for details or an additive method.
We used the end of a plastic drinking straw to cut out a hole for hanging.
We called them holiday ornaments or gift tags, depending on one's
religious preference. Since they were small and thin about 1/8th to 1/4th
of an inch most dried in a day. Additionally I purchased some cookie
cutters to allow students to make extra tags or ornaments when they had
finished. Quite a number took advantage of this. I like having them make
something that they will use.
Last year we made picture frames using a slab method. ... an idea
from this group making clay textures by walking on the clay with tennis
shoes. I purchased mirrors for in the frames. Part of the assignment
involved designing a system to hold the mirror in place. We used
underglazes and clear transparent on white clay. Other classes keep asking
when they got to do that. The students really liked this project. Heidi