Before beginning ceramics unit, students went through a series of hand building techniques to assist with creating their own original idea and making it in clay. We first reviewed a presentation on pinch, coil, and slab. With a small amount of earthenware clay, students practiced each technique along with presentation.
What an amazing day with my awesome art students. We traveled to NCMA and enjoyed learning about many different artists and their works of art. After a 30 minute guided tour, students independently explored the West and East Wings of the Museum. We all gathered at the amphitheater lunch and I felt very lucky it was such a beautiful day.
After learning new hand building techniques, art students made a plan in visual journals, created their ideas out of wet clay working through many challenges along the way, waited through drying stages, and now finishing up glazing. Always exciting to see what they get back after the glaze firing. Coming soon...
Earth Science and Art worked together on a Project Based Learning adventure through the Natural Earth Wonders. Science class worked in groups of 3 to 4 researching a Natural Earth Wonder of their choice. Choices were: Mariana's Trench in western Pacific Ocean, Fuego Volcano in Gautemala, Mt. Everest in Asia, Galapagos Islands in Pacific Ocean, Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and Stonehenge in England. Science students also explored raw minerals with plaster and water to make colored chalk for chalk mural panels. They presented all information to our art class. New groups of 4-5 scientists and artists were formed to work on chalk murals. Artists began researching images of chosen area and developed sketches to present to scientists for TAG critique. After viewing comments, revisions were made, Math teacher was brought in to teach scale drawing for correct proportions when enlarging. Artists created grid on backs of smaller drawings, numbered, and cut. Enlarged grids were placed on 4x8 panels. Placing each small cut grid box into appropriate larger grid box on panel, assisted with collaborating on drawing portion of project. Success was achieved and we now have Natural Earth Wonders displayed throughout our school. We also have 2 simulated game design students working on a website that will provide information on earth wonder and the creative process for chalk panels. QR codes will be displayed with panels to educate viewers. Artists and Scientists working together to inform and educate others.
Stormy Schumann-Art & Design Studio Director / Instructor / Facilitator for Vernon Malone College & Career Academy.
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