Saturday, November 16, 2013

De-stress the holidays with Clay

Table sheet for each 8 tables of clay face cups

Holidays are stressful with all the pressure to buy the perfect gift. Particularly for kids. Why not make the perfect gift?  Who can't use a new coffee or hot chocolate mug? Cups can be useful and works of art. -useful art-

 There are more suspensions, fights... this time of year. A good clay project the week before Thanksgiving vacation makes the art room a haven/hide out from holiday pressure. Something about clay that you don't get from working on a computer. There should be a class "Computers and clay" They balance each other nicely and they are the 2 most popular media in the art room. Clay projects from start to take home is a good 3 weeks time from making to firing to glazing to firing again for about 250 cups.

Start with an introduction of face cups on  Pinterest Board.
step 1:
Students  sketch and color the face mug they want to make.  


step 2:
Students use a thrown cylinder that is leather hard and add eyes, nose, mouth and shape the face.

step 2 1/2
repeat step 1 and 2 with an animal face. Using the internet to  print the animal face they want to make with texture.

 step 3
When the 2 cups are done and uploaded, Students write about them in the  Artsonia Cup Gallery - Classroom Mode for their final grade.