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This is not the time of year for this project, but thought I'd send it on
while on the subject.
My students enjoyed rolling slabs on the back of leaves, cutting out the leaf
shapes and attaching them to a slab base, a pinch bowl form or a coil pot,
and actually using the leaves as the sides of the forms. The vast majority of
students chose grape leaves, although I had many different kinds available,
partially because that was my demonstration piece and also because they
enjoyed using small groups of balls as grapes to work into their piece's
I also just did ceramic gargoyles with my Art I kids. I used some Burger King
gargoyle puppets and toys and a singing book of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
that belong to my three year old as motivation and my high school kids loved
it. One of the Burger King gargoyle puppets would spit water, so after I
explained what gargoyles were and showed a couple of slides of traditional
ones, I pulled him out, had him "talk" about his role as a drain spout, said
it had just finished raining and had him spit on a kid I knew could handle
the abuse. I figured they would all be familiar with the toy or that the
second class would have already heard about the stunt and be prepared but it
caught them all by surprise and they laughed as they got to work on their
Another teacher loaned me a great catalog with over 100 examples of gargoyles
because I had complained I couldn't find any really good examples. I called
the company and had them send me one which I made into a poster. It really
has a variety of poses, facial expressions. The company is Tuscano. I ordered
the free catalog at 1-800-525-0733. Ask for their one with the gargoyles (I
think they have several).
Thanks to everyone for the great ideas.