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Students reviewed the concept of fibonacci number sequences, looked at
numerical examples and at examples in nature (chambered nautilus shell),
studied terra sigilatta*and its use on contemporary and Greek pots, learned
multiple apopropriate clay forming techniques, looked at non-objective and
abstract art based on organic forms (Henry Moore, Okeefe's My Heart painting
in Arttalk, Arp, etc).
Students then planned (via thumbnail sketches - a minimum number required to
teach them how to push ideas and brainstorming) and executed abstract
sculptures. Along with craftsmanship issues, the rubric stated that sculptures
were to be: derived from organic forms, contain pieces which related
conceptually and visually to each other, have 3 pieces which utilized the
fibronacci sequence in their size relationship to one another.
They were wonderful small creations which provided a perfect avenue to discuss
multiple aesthetic issues. It was a fantastic lesson.
The pots were fired using organic materials to reduce parts of the surfaces.
This in turn created ties with chemistry as the class reviewed reduction and
oxidation atmospheres and learned how they affect ceramic colorants.
* Terra sigilatta is an extremely fine, glossy slip coating. It is the
surface used on Greek pottery. Ceramics Monthly and a number of newer
ceramics books provide information and formulas for terra sig.
Milton High School