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  • Connect - 5-10

    Marko Fields

    Critical Response Protocol

    1. WHAT DO YOU NOTICE? (Describe without judgment what you
         I notice that . . .
    2. WHAT DOES IT REMIND YOU OF? (What memory, experience, story, music, other work does this trigger? There are no wrong answers or associations.)
        It reminds me of…
        I feel…
        I’m wondering . . .
        I speculate that . . . I think he or she was trying to say . . .

    Intro to Scul
    pture – Anchor Activities

    Must do firstComplete the assigned project, make sure you show good craftsmanship.

    Then do next – Complete any of the four anchor activities, You may complete any activity multiple times.

    1. Animal Sculpture - Using modeling clay, sculpt a 3D model of your favorite animal.  The model should be at least 3 inches tall.  Make sure to look up a reference picture to add as much detail as possible.  You may use clean clay tools to add detail. 

    Show Mrs. Young once finished.

    2.  Ceramics Monthly - Select a Ceramics Monthly magazine.  Find a piece that is interesting to you; write two sentences about why you think it is interesting.  Find and write about at least two pieces. 

    Turn in once finished.

    3.  Photo Scavenger Hunt –  Download the app PicCollage.  While it is downloading, take a photograph on your ipad of all the elements of art.  Assemble all photos in piccollage and label each one.  Use this link to review the elements of art if you’re not sure.  https://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/building_lessons/elements_art.pdf

    Share with Mrs. Young at msyoung@lfalls.k12.mn.us once finished.

    4.  Glaze or Paint a Bowl! – Use the small jars of underglaze to paint a bowl.  Use about two layers of underglaze, and make the bowls fun! 

    If you don't want to paint, you can apply at least three layers of clear glaze to a finished bowl.  Remember not to glaze the bottom!

    Show Mrs. Young your bowl once finished, and then place it on the firing shelf.


  • Mini-Project - Clay Rattle

    Clay Rattle
    Learning Goals:
    1)  Students will get used to the medium of clay.
    2)  Students will practicing glazing a clay piece.

    Step 1.  Wedge your clay.

    Step 2.  Divide your clay into three equal pieces.

    Step 3.  Roll the two largest pieces into even spheres.

    Step 4.  Create a pinch pot out of the two spheres.

    Step 5.  Make three small balls of clay out of your extra clay and place them inside one of the pinch pots.

    Step 6.  Slip and Score the two pinch pots and put them together.

    Step 7.  Make a coil and smooth and seal the two pinch pots together.

    Step 8.  Poke three holes in the bottom.

    Step 9.  Use the extra clay to make your rattle into something cool!  Make sure you have something sticking out and carved in!

  • Project #2 - Theme-to-Scheme Mug

    Theme-to-Color-Scheme Mug


    Learning Goals:
    1)  Students will use slab-building techniques to create a mug with a handle and a detailed design.
    2)  Students will create a theme using color and detail.

    Vocab Words:

    • Slip
    • Score
    • Slab
    • Needle Tool
    • Rib Tool
    • Scoring Tool
    • Wedge

    Step 1.  Complete the mug planning worksheet.

    Step 2.  Roll a clay slab large enough to create your desired mug shape.

    • Slabs should be 1/4 inch thick - use the boards
    • WEDGE!
    • Slip AND Score
    • Wrap projects up tightly

    Step 3.  Attach the slab together, add the handle.

    Step 4.  Add decorations to your piece.  Make sure some are sticking out and some are carved in.

    Step 5.  Wait for firing and glaze!

  • Project #3 - Coil Pot

    Coil Pot Project
    Learning Goals:
    1)  Students will learn how to construct a pot using various coil techniques.
    2)  Students will learn how to incorporate coil structures into the walls of their pieces.

    coil pot

    Step 1.  Sketch ideas for 10 possible shapes of coil pots and 5 different designs.

    Step 2.  Pick your favorite shape and favorite three designs and put them together into one final sketch.

    Step 3.  Begin with a slab base and roll coil into various designs based on your sketch.  Slip and score the pieces together.  Remember your coils should be about 1/4 inch thick.

    Step 4.  Continue to attach coils and design pieces until your piece is at least 6 inches tall.

  • Project #4 - Giacometti Sculpture

    Giacometti Sculpture

    Learning Goals:
    1)  Students will appreciate and re-create the work of the sculptor Giacometti by creating their own animal designs of his work.
    2)  Students will understand the medium of plaster and how to work with in efficiently.


    Step 1.  Create an animal design based on Giacometti's work.  You must come up with at least five well developed possibilities.

    Step 2.  Consider how you want the piece to stand, hand, etc. and create a stable base (at least 1" thick) from cardboard). 

    Step 3.  Using long pieces of wire, create an armature for your piece.  Tape together areas that need to fit together.

    Step 4.  Cut strips of paper towels - enough for at least two layers of plaster.

    Step 5.  With a partner, plaster your piece.  This step must be done in one, single class period.  Dip the paper towels in plaster and wrap around your armature.  Use raw plaster to smooth some areas.

    Step 6.  Paint your sculpture a finish to imitate cast bronze.

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