From: D. Sterner [SMTP:dsterner]
Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 5:56 PM
To: 'Eliza Jones'; 'Getty'
Subject: RE: punishment: maybe this can WOW them
I will offer one of my better clay activities: I use this with
elementary and high school. It is based on clay that is fired and
but you can adapt to your materials:
I introduce the lesson on "HEROES...not just a big sandwich" The
will create a bust of a super hero - head to shoulders. Develop a
around the concept of a bust and what makes a super hero (physical
that might identify a hero)
clay, utensils for scoring and digging, 1 burned-out lightbulb per
cellophane to wrap the bulb and paints & brushes.
Shape some of the clay into a rectangular, solid shape - wide enough
light bulb to be inserted. Wrap the lightbulb with cellophane and
insert to the top long side of the rectangle solid. Using small
clay, carefully cover all of the lightbulb - making sure the seams
closed and secure to the base and the coverage is uniform. By now
is covered and resembles a human bust.
Holding the clay covered bulb, turn upside down and dig out the base
leave an even rim and exposing the base of the bulb. Turn back to
side up and cut at the widest part of the bulb all the way around
the top part of the dome of clay (I call this "brain surgery").
light bulb exposed on both sides, push from the base to remove the
reattach the dome using scoring tools. This part can get tricky as
your hands from under as well as the out side to avoid collapsing.
From here the kids add or subtract to make eyes, mouth, ears, horns,
...you name it! I have had wonderful success with this lesson and
often request it!
[owner-artsednet.edu]On Behalf Of Eliza Jones
Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 9:11 AM
To: Teri Sanford; BluesTruth; art list
Subject: RE: punishment
I too have had success holding something "fun" as a privilege to be
by good behavior. Telling classes that an orderly, focussed
necessary for using tools such as X-acto knives, materials like
has motivated a lot of my students, esp the older ones, to
From: Teri Sanford [SMTP:terily]
Sent: Friday, September 24, 1999 8:38 AM
To: BluesTruth; art list
Subject: re: punishment
How about a clay activity. Really let them have fun, but
sure they follow your guidelines (including behavior). It's
real motivator when they lose something they KNOW is fun.
you can hold it over their heads all year ("if you want to
clay again..."). Also, the ones who are causing trouble can
removed from the project and do a research paper on the
of (whatever, related to clay, like Greek pottery or
I had a 6th grade like this last year. I nearly quit,
actually. But I knew it would soon pass, and since 6th is
highest level, I will NEVER have to see those rude boys