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Lesson Plans


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John Tiemann (s1014906)
Fri, 02 Oct 1998 16:31:08 -0500

Rachel wrote....
>Does anyone have any good suggestions for clay tiles? We are making 3
>clay tiles (slab clay construction). Application of coil and slab
>decorative features to basic shape of tiles. All 3 must relate to
>eachother. Is this confusing?

Well, yes, just a little.... :)

>Since I'm new at working with clay(so take this into consideration), I
>cannot come up with anything creative that has originality.


I'm not sure if I missed the grade level you are gearing this project
towards, but I think you can use this project on several. I am a ceramics
teacher at a Visual and Performing Arts H.S., so I will tell you what I am
planning on doing with my Intermediate students.

This is is a fantastic project that I have had much success with in a
drawing and painting class and have now decided to try it out with clay.
It's simply a triptych assignment in which students can take it to many
different extremes, and they love it!

Tiptychs were originally religious alterpieces dealing with the life of
Christ. It is basically a three panel painting (a central panel with two
side panels that open up). The first panel on the left deals with the
subject of some sort of beginning, birth, heaven, the past, or morality
(everything that is good). The center panel deals with life on earth,
present day, everyday occurances. The final panel on the right deals with
something comming to an end, the future, death, hell, or immorality
(sin/bad). The two side panels close to cover the center panel (sorta like
a book with hinges). Finaly, once the panels are closed, there is a cover
design, like a visual metaphor which summarizes what the whole triptych is
about, just like a title to a book, without words.

I show a ton of slides from 14th century to present day. Many of the
artists I deal with range from Bosch, Beckmann, and Lichtenstein. You could
make wonderful slabs in relief and talk about historical events recorded on
monuments like the Parthenon and that Column (I forget the name of it) that
has hundreds of relief panels showing the reign of some leader and his march
into war with his army. Maybe one of our art historians out there can help
with the history of this column and its name.

I know this may sound a little confusing to some of you, but I just got home
from a LONG week at school, and tried my best to give some input despite my
lack of sleep. If you need more information or a better description of what
the heck I'm talking about, I have a lesson/handout that I give to my
students that says it the best I can. Let me know what you think, and if you
have any suggestions. Like I said, I've done this with drawing and painting
students from 3rd to 8th grade, and have yet to try it in clay with my high

Hope this was more helpful than confussing....Anyone, please reply with any
comments on the construction of these triptychs. Hope to hear from many of
you soon.

John in St. Louis, Missouri....
or as they say in Europe.....St. Louis, MISERY!! :
(some of my kids give me that too)