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  • Greek Vase

    Project #1 - Greek Vase

    1)  Student will understand and appreciate traditional Greek forms.
    2)  Student will create Greek form out of coil focusing on craftsmanship and symmetry.
    3)  Student will pull handles to place on the Greek form.
    4)  Student will create personal narrative to place on the form.

    Florida Vase

    Landscape Vase

    Step 1.  Sketch five possible shapes for your Greek vase (including handles).  Sketch two possible narratives to place onto your vase.  Make sure your narratives include DETAIL from a specific event in your life.

    Step 2.  Create a final sketch placing your favorite narrative on your favorite form.

    Cutout profile

    Step 3.  Create a cardboard cutout of the profile of your vase shape.  We will use this piece to continually check the accuracy of you form.

    Step 4.  Begin making your form out of coils.  Remember to continually check form and symmetry with the cardboard cutout.

    Step 5.  Once the form is complete, pull handles to place on the form.  Remember to let the handles become leather-hard before attaching and to coil around the areas where they attach to the pot.

  • Wheel Throwing

    Project #2 - Wheel-thrown Goblets or Nesting Bowls


    1)  Students will learn to throw more complex shapes on the wheel.
    2)  Students will create a set.
    3)  Students will learn to trim a foot or throw multiple form pieces.

    Nesting Bowls

    Goblet Set


    Sketch your desired forms first.  The pair should match.  Goblets are thrown in two pieces, a hallow step and a small cup.  The cup is trimmed and they are attached together.

    Nesting Bowls:

    Create a set of three nesting bowls.  The bowls should fit inside one another.  Create the smallest bowl at two inches in diameter, the middle bowl with a diameter of four inches, and the largest bowl should be six inches.

  • Freeform Sculpture

    Project #3 - Freeform Sculpture

    1) Students will make self-directed choices in exact content, form, and dimensions of the sculpture.
    2) Students will discern what techniques are necessary to create their desired form.

    Trophy Sculpture

    Owl Sculpture

    Step 1.  Find an ORIGINAL idea for your sculpture.  You can use other sculptures as guidance and inspiration, but must find a way to make the piece your own.  No symbols/logos.

    Step 2.  Sketch your idea from ALL angles (left side, right side, top, bottom, front, back) in order to understand the 3D form you'll be trying to construct. 

    Step 3.  Determine the techniques necessary to construct your piece.  Consider ways to build the piece with slab, coil, or the wheel. 

    Step 4.  Begin!


    Choose a sculpture to critique.  You will use a four-step method of art critique (describe, analyze, interpret, and judge).  Use the form below and example to guide you.

    You can choose any well-known sculpture.  Artists to look at include Rodin, Andy Goldsworthy, Michaelangelo, Eva Hild, Marcel Duchamp, Brancusi, Claus Oldenburg, Jean Claude and Christo, or any other famous and widely recognized sculptor you wish you focus on.

    Due Friday, May 23rd.


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