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Re: Seventh Grade Ceramics

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Mcracker (Mcracker)
Mon, 9 Mar 1998 22:31:09 EST

I have had good success this year with having seventh graders make clay hands
following several sessions drawing their hands in various poses. So far they
have all had success, although the construction is a bit tricky. We have used
slab construction for the arm and wrist and the palm, which we made like a
folded over pocket. I demonstrate a technique that has worked for me, but
allow for innovative approaches. One boy made the arm using coils and it
worked very well. I especially loke the expressive quality of the finished
hands. We've been using white clay and have left them unglazed. This project
has been complex enough to challenge, but do-able for all! In the past, we've
made shoes following a drawing sequence also. My sixth graders are making clay
masks, which does not require as much storage or as complicated a construction
process. Tied in with a study of Africa....Good luck.