Thanks for the ideas! I have been pondering what ceramic to do with my
7th graders. This project is perfect! I will be sure to let the kids
know that this assignment is coming to them from the east coast!
Saint George's School
From: Kara LiCausi [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 5:14 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: AEN: Ceramic Coasters
Just wanted to pass on a neat idea that worked really well with my
7th graders (but can really suit just about any grade level)
I had my students each make a set of 4 ceramic drink coasters. I
encouraged them to pick interesting shapes instead of the standard
square or circular shapes. We had some fish, butterflies, cats,
planets, geometric shapes, fruits, cows, pigs, leaves, flowers, shapes
to go along with different holidays and so on. They could make all 4
look the same of they can make different ones, as long as they could
exist together in a set. For example, I had a students who made two
coasters in the shape of lily pads, while the other two were frogs.
The neatest part was that we decoupaged on top of the coasters, so
they were very brite and eye catching. Mostly the kids collaged with
tissue paper, but we also used handmade paper scraps, and the kids were
also free to decoupage photos or pictures from magazines or the internet
on top. If they needed to add any details, we used acrylic paint. These
really wound up looking like something you might buy in a store! I put 4
dots of hot glue on the bottom of each coaster so that they would not
scratch any table surface.
This was a fairly quick project, and was a good way to help them
with their slab rolling skills, since I insisted that all the coasters
must be exactly the same width and size (if the design called for them
to be the same). They also had to make sure that the coasters would lay
flat and not warp during the drying process. We had a few kids who had
to re-do one or two coasters, but it worked out fine. I have them on
display in the main office and have been getting lots of compliments.
Once I take them out of the display case I will photograph them and
forward the pictures along to anybody who would like to see. I have
some pictures taken already.
Northport Middle School