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Lesson Plans

ceramic tiles, Re: real artists, cool aritsts... and Re: Ceramics projects for High School

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nop62861 (teresatorreseca)
Thu, 25 Jun 1998 00:23:31 +0200

Thank you so much for all the people who have send me all the messages
which had give me selfconfidence and a wonderful reception in
artsednet.I am very pleased to see that we are a really community
sharing the same problenms concerning art education .
I read the messages from Jerry Vilenski and Jen Dixon .I like Jen's
idea of explaining the space by concepts as inside and outside . The
empty space generates the shape as well as the fullfilling. In the
two-dimentions objects he balance beetwen the two is essential .
I am interested in developing a project of a ceramic pannel for k-12
students : a great composition of tiles . I use to do it as an artist
but i never try it with students. I suppose i could approach it with
different but complementary rationales: art history; aesthetics;
studio-making; chimistry, Geometry.
The chimistry of the pigments : all the formules and the prime
materials are very interesting to a transdisciplinary approach ,
students can learn about atomic weight, the elements and the colours ,
but the most amazing for students is the magic process of produce
colours by the fire . The infinite possibilities of results , the
different variables as temperature, oxigenation, the different meltings
of pigments makes this research fascinating. We could promote debats
about fire, magic rituals, visit tiles factorys and crafts process in
workshops, talk about design, ...
Art history can be also a good approach , specially in South Europe,
where ceramic tiles or " Azulejos" have a great history. Tiles are more
than utilitarian objects to make the walls fresh and clean, they
identify a culture, it is a support to transmit symbols. In the eighteen
century portuguese palaces and churches tiles are the priviligiate
support to representation. In the twenty century we still have this
preference as shown in the beautiful station of Lisbon underground. May
be it is because of the arabian cutural heritage .we could progress
with a multicultual approach to discover our present art.
Anyway tiles are a common architectural surface over the world. They are
produced by industry and largely used in the interior and exterior of
the houses.
The first approach could be attached to the industrial production:
repetition, tesselation, module, modulate structure , rythm, alternance,
and all sort od design concepts can be developed. The computer is a good
tool to make the studys for the project. I don't use repetition in my
pannels but i think the students must have access to all kind of tiles
The second approach is doing a single composition . After prepatory
drawings according to a theme and attending to the carachteristics of
the place for the pannel, students will be free to create and
communicate theirs feelings and ideas.
I need more information about that. Can you tell me your experiences in
that field?
thank you