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Re: ceramic lessons

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Tue, 15 Jun 1999 21:19:31 -0400

How about clay architecture? Have them investigate some of the structures
they find interesting to look at, that peak their curiosity, and have them
draw it prior to constructing it in slabs with applique and incising
techniques. My middle school students enjoy this, but we do it from
pictorial resources because of the limits on field trips and budget. Some
great pieces come from this lesson. We've made them 3 sided and placed
candles in them to animate them when the light flickers through the windows.
We've also extruded clay through screens for bushes and trees and used
colored sand for shingles and grass.
I've also assigned students to create something for their own home which is
both functional and decorative and fulfills a need in the home. We've had
wall mounted soap dishes, toothbrush holders, paper towel racks, etc. Some
have been very creative and the kids like making something that will do more
that sit and collect dust. Application often creates appreciation. Linda
K. in Iowa
-----Original Message-----
From: MLNassau <MLNassau>
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Date: Tuesday, June 15, 1999 9:31 PM
Subject: ceramic lessons

>I'm an elementary art teacher during the school year, but in the summers I
>teach high school students at a really worthwhile program in New Britain,
> Here students are paid minimum wage to learn and work on art projects and
>attend some basic job-skills courses. Our mayor started the program after
>viewing a similar one in Chicago. This year I'm working in ceramics with
>students. We have several local artists who will come in and guest-teach
>occasion. This helps me out in areas where I am weak (i.e. throwing) and
>provides the artists with a little extra income. I was wondering if anyone
>has any favorite lessons in handbuilding that they would like to share.
>of the lessons I do at the elementary level are transferrable, but I would
>like to collect ideas that would appeal to my new older audience.
>Thanks in advance,
>Michelle in CT