I am teaching what we call "advanced ceramics". This just means that they
completed a year of Art 1. Their level of ceramic experienced differed
greatly depending on their Art 1 teacher. I had to have a curriculum that
allowed for a variety of levels and experiences.
For the fall semester I have required:
a 12in coil pot that shows the coils as part of the design
a 15in coil pot with no coils showing
a hard slab piece
a soft slab piece
a slab piece using a mold
at least one thrown piece which must be min 4 in cylinder--once they master
that they go on and do more (I only have four wheels and they have a
limited amount of time for this)
a modeled animal sculpture--this is a difficult assignment for them after
all of the building, I may do this differently next year.
a set of three pinch pots
For the spring semester, I plan to focus on creativity and style more than
I am preparing a list of project ideas, resources on cultural designs and
motifs, examples of historical and contemporary ceramic pieces, etc.
They will be allowed to choose from the list using any style and technique
they feel is appropriate with a minimum number of pieces required in time
List ideas will be something like: a lamp, a clock, a victorian house;
theme pieces such as opposites, predator & prey, the ocean; busts, pieces
that combine materials such as fibers, glass, etc.
Hope this gives you some ideas. I would welcome comments, suggestions and
especially ideas for the spring semester from anyone.
> looking for clay ideas for high school 9-12, 1st year ceramics class.
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