Stacie, if you check the Incredible Art Department website, there are several ceramic lessons there. In the High School section I have a lesson that gives a vocabulary and history of ceramics. It is interesting to have students learn and hopefully appreciate the importance of ceramics throughout history and it gives them a connection to ancient artisans
who worked in clay all the way up to the space age that uses ceramic tiles in the space craft. Ceramics Monthly and other clay magazines have wonderful examples and articles of contemporary ceramic artists.
In my beginning classes, I usually try to include differrent methods of constructing with clay. I start off with a slab project, then a coiled project, a pinch pot project, and a modeling project (great for studying figures and the proportions of the human body. As far as glazes, I prefer using underglazes for color, then coating with a clear glaze. You usually get the color you apply with these materials. If you have wheels, and you don't know how to use them, perhaps bring in a guest artist to demonstrate or take a class if you have time at a local art center.
Most students beg to do a clay project, so that will work in your favor.
>From: KPRS2 <email@example.com>
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>With reference to teaching in more that one department...I must add the
>addendum that I am certified in both departments (English and Art), so am
>qualified (this is in reference to Woody's remark). I agree with Woody
>completely we need to have certified specialists in each area.
>As for burning out, with my personality I thrive for challenges, it's the
>"same old same old" that kills me. I am lucky to work in a district that
>allows me to challenge myself and the students by introducing new courses.
>As for the new course Stacie will be developing, my advice would be write
>the curriculum, it will start you on the road of organizing your teaching
>for the course. If you don't have a point to start from, start with your
>state standards and wrap "ceramics" around that. Perhaps you can copies
>from those of us who teacher ceramics. I would be willing to go into school
>and get a copy and send it to you, Stacie, if you send me your snail mail
>From: Peggy Woolsey [mailto:email@example.com]
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>Yes, we can and do it all--I have done so. It is part of my personality
>and it is a receipe for burn out.
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