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featherchime

Products Used

Clay
  • Low-Fire White Clay
Color
  • SC-5 Tiger Tail
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-28 Blue Isle
  • SC-33 Fruit of the Vine
  • SC-34 Down to Earth
  • SC-46 Rawhide
  • SC-97 Cant-Elope
  • CG-992 Mint Chip
  • CG-993 Lavender Sprigs
  • CG-995 Foggy Mist
  • CG-996 Spring Rain

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • MT-002 Wood Grain Mat

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Skewer Stick
  • Toothpick
  • Slab Roller
  • Ball Point Pen
  • Fishing Line
Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 6-12

Wind chimes are a type of percussion instrument constructed from suspended tubes, rods, bells or other objects that are often made of metal or wood. The tubes or rods are suspended along with some type of weight or surface which the tubes or rods can strike when they or another wind-catching surface are blown by the natural movement of air outside. Wind chimes are considered Chance-Based music because the notes are determined by nature air patterns.
Students will create the individual parts of the wind chime and then assemble the components.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes.

  • Students will gain firsthand knowledge of how to make a musical instrument

  • Students will create textures to express real life objects

Instructions

  1. Roll a slab approximately 1/4 inch thick
  2. Cut out feather shapes with skewer stick. 
  3. Use a damp sponge to round off the edges.
  4. Set leaves aside while creating the branch.
  5. Roll a wide coil with a small piece of clay to use as a branch.
  6. Roll coil around MT002 so that the wood grain follows the coil.
  7. Set branch aside to dry
  8. Using a ballpoint pen draw a straight line down the middle of the feather.
  9. Draw thin lines towards the bottom of the feather at a 45-degree angle.
  10. Repeat on the back side of the feather.
  11. Using a skewer make a small hole about ½ inch from the top.
  12. Dry and bisque fire to cone (Δ) 04.
  13. Paint one coat of SC-34 on the branch and then wipe lightly with a damp sponge leaving some color in the crevasse.
  14. Paint one coat of SC-5 on the branch and then wipe lightly with a damp sponge leaving some color.
  15. With a fan brush lightly paint one coat of SC-46 on the branch in patches that have no color.
  16. Paint 3 coats each feather with a variety of the following combos: a.)CG993 on the top half of feather and SC33 on the bottom half. b.) CG995 on the top half of feather and SC97 on the bottom half. c.) CG996 on the top half of feather and SC28 on the bottom half. d.)CG992 on the top half of feather and SC27 on the bottom half.
  17. With a damp sponge wipe the bottom of the feather so texture shows through the glaze.

  18. Let dry, stilt and fire to Cone (Δ) 06.

  19. Assemble with fishing line.

Peaking Dragon Egg Lesson Plan

Products Used

Clay
  • low-fire white clay
Color
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • CG-992 Mint Chip

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil, pallet knife, or wooden tool, tooth pick

 

Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 4-8

The word dragon entered the English language in the early 13th century from the Latin word: draconem (nominative draco) meaning "huge serpent, dragon". Most dragons have reptilians and serpent-like qualities including scales, lizard-like legs, and wings.

Dragons in today’s world are seen in such books as JK Rowlings’ Harry Potter series or J.R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and your students are sure to connect with many others. Start their creative juices flowing by checking out some of the creatively illustrated dragons in media today and then challenge your students to draw their own unique dragon and egg.

Sketching out a dragon will allow them time to develop the personality of their dragon, which will be reflected in the egg. During the sketching process, be sure to talk about texture, contour and unique traits a dragon egg can have. The possibilities are endless! (ie, Fire dragons might have bright red skin and blue eyes, horned dragons might have green skin and little horns all over their head)

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay, techniques and processes.

  • Students will gain firsthand knowledge of how to create a 3D sculpture from a 2D drawing.

  • Students will create texture by using negative space on a form.

  • Students will antique with glazes.

  • Students will understand the connection between modern media and Art.

Instructions

  1. Begin with about 2 lbs. of low-fire white clay.
  2. Create 2 pinch pots, one slightly taller and thinner than the other. These should be slightly thicker than a normal pinch pot, about ¾ in. thick.
  3. The shorter, wider pinch pot will be your base. Sit the taller, thinner pinch pot on top so that the open sections make one sphere.
  4. Connect the 2 pinch pots by pulling clay from the bottom pinch pot up and over the connection point and up the side to make a smooth transition.
  5. Now that air is trapped inside the sphere, roll the top and bottoms into an egg shape. Be sure to create a flat spot so it won’t roll away.
  6. Next, texturize the dragon egg to your liking.
  7. To create scales, it is easiest to sit the egg on the bigger side and use a pallet knife press 3 indentations into to the top section of the clay (see image 1) in 3 sections.
  8. Continue pushing the pallet knife into the space between the 2 previous knife pushes to create a scale pattern.
  9. Once scales are completed, hollow out a space for the dragon eye to peak out.
  10. Use a tooth pick to carve in cracks around the space for the eye.
  11. Cut a hole in the bottom of the egg so that air can be released.
  12. Dry and bisque fire to cone (Δ) 04.
  13. Paint 1 messy coat of SC-15 Tuxedo over the entire piece.
  14. With a damp sponge gently wipe off the surface so the black stays in all the crevices. (Technique: antiquing)
  15. Paint 3 coats of CG992 Mint Chip over the egg except for the eyeball and cracks.
  16. Wipe off any CG992 that may have gotten on the eye of the dragon.
  17. Paint the eye from the inside out using a liner brush paint 3 coats of SC15 for pupil, then SC6 blended into SC75 into SC74 working out for a marbleized effect.
  18. Remove any glaze in the cracks near the eye with a tooth pick and then paint 3 coats of SC 15 with a liner brush.
  19. Let dry and fire to Cone (Δ) 06.

 

Products Used

Mold
  • CD-777 Oval Slump and Hump
Color
  • SC-4 Sunkissed
  • SC-5 Tiger Tail
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-42 Butter Me Up
  • SC-51 Poo Bear
  • SC-55 Yella Bout It
  • SC-97 Cant- elope
  • SC-25 Crackerjack Brown
  • S-2726 Cheetah

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • MT-007 Divots Mat
  • MT-009 Scallops Mat
  • ST-129 Mini Fern Stamp
  • ST-126 Dots and Squiggles Stamp
  • ST-113 Circulate Stamp
  • ST-116 Floral Flourish Stamp

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Low-Fire Moist Clay
  • Circle Templates: ½" through 2"
  • Needle Tool
  • ¼" Wooden Dowels (2)
  • Sandbag 
  • Rolling Pin
  • Copper Wire
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Designer: Marcia Roullard
 
 

Instructions

  1. Place clay in between the dowels and roll the clay to ¼" slab. The slab should be wide and long enough to extend slightly beyond the width and length of CD-777 Oval - the slump portion.
  2. Drape the slab over the mold and lightly pounce a sandbag on the slab until it takes the shape of the mold.  Trim away the excess clay using the needle tool. 
  3. Let the form rest for about an hour until it can be handled without losing its shape.
  4. Create a second slab for the mane. Texture the clay with various stamps and mats listed above in Decorating Accessories.
  5. Use the needle tool to cut various sizes of circles from this textured slab. You can use paper templates made using a paper punch or things like bottle caps, jar lids, shot glasses, etc.
  6. Remove the oval shape from the mold, add clay to build a nose, muzzle, ears and mouth. Roll two balls the same size, press flat, score and wet area to fix eyes in place.
  7. Score clay on the flange around the head, wet, press in the textured circles, layering sizes to keep the look random.
  8. Use the needle tool to poke holes in the muzzle for copper wire whiskers.
  9. When dry, fire to cone 04.
  10. Lions' face is done with a series of washes. Thin slightly SC-42 Butter Me Up brush two coats to the face with CB-604 Soft Fan.
  11. Use CB-106 Script Liner to shade SC-5 Tiger Tail around the shadow areas, sides of the nose, muzzle, under eyes, and in the ears, do additional shading with SC-25 Crackerjack Brown. Brush parts of the face with SC-24 Dandelion to brighten.
  12. Tip of nose is two coats of SC-15 Tuxedo, float Tuxedo around the top of the eyes and around the head. Use CB-110 Liner to outline the mouth and muzzle.
  13. Use the various colors in the product box to brush two thinned coats of color over the textured circle shapes. Brush various circle shapes with S-2726 Cheetah use CB-106 Script Liner, two coats.
  14. Shade SC-15 Tuxedo under the circle shapes for depth.
  15. Brush on one coat of S-2101 Clear with CB-604 Soft Fan, make sure to clean out the glaze from the holes in the muzzle.
  16. Fire to cone 06/05.
  17. Cut lengths of copper wire glue in the holes of the muzzle.
  18. When leather hard, remove the piece from the mold, Gently clean edges with a sponge, and when bone dry, bisque fire to shelf cone 04.

 

Bonsai Plaque Lesson plan

Products Used

Clay
  • low-fire white clay
Color
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • EL-142 Grass
  • EL-145 Ginger Root

Decorating Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 Soft Fan
  • X-10081 Xiem Tools Modeling & Carving Tools 

Miscellaneous Accessories

 

Designer: Bre Kathman
 

Description

For grade levels 6-12

Bonsai is a Japanese art form involving pruning miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese art of Bonsai dates back over a thousand years and has evolved its own unique aesthetics and terminology. The oldest known Bonsai tree is over 1,000 years old and resides in Parabiago, Italy.

Bonsai has a set of common guidelines and styles that are followed to create an aesthetically pleasing tree. Bonsai trees can be categorized by: trunk, bark, roots, branch and overall shape.

Students will draw a bonsai tree that represents their personality, and then, using a paper transfer technique they will create a plaque out of clay.

Objectives

  • Students will experience the use of clay techniques and processes.

  • Students will gain firsthand knowledge of how to transfer a drawing on paper to clay

  • Students will create textures to express real life objects

  • Students will learn the basic styles of Bonsai

Instructions

  1. Roll a slab approximately ¾ inch thick
  2. Cut in a circle about 7 inches in diameter
  3. Cut the bottom of the slab straight across so your plaque can stand or be hung.
  4. Draw a bonsai tree on paper (no larger than 7 inches in any direction).
  5. Cut out the tree using x-acto knife or scissors (be sure to keep the negative of the cutout).
  6. Place the positive cutout on the slab where you want your tree and then place the negative cutout on the clay and smooth it with a dry sponge so there are no bumps.
  7. Remove the positive cut out.
  8. Using PSTS9MC-10081 tools, carve out where the trunk and limbs will be.
  9. Using a ballpoint pen, lightly tap to make indentations on the tree top.
  10. Remove the paper and clean up edges.
  11. Dry and bisque fire to cone (Δ) 04
  12. Mask off the tree, roots, and leaves with masking tape, using an x-acto knife to make the edges crisp.
  13. Paint 3 coats of a sunset in an Ombre style with the stroke and coat colors.
  14. Remove tape and paint 3 coats using EL 142 Grass on the leaves using a round brush and stippling technique to push the glaze into the small indentations of the leaves.
  15. Paint 3 coats with EL-145 Ginger Root on the branches, trunk, and roots of the tree.
  16. Paint edges with 3 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo.
  17. Let dry, stilt and fire to Cone (Δ) 06.

9-12 Grades: Women's History Month 

Products Used

Bisque
  • MB-131 Large Oval Platter
Color
  • SG-401 Black, SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-15 Tuxedo, SC-43 Lettuce Alone, SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-78 Lime Light, S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper, BT-910 Synthetic Sponge, CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner, CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, CB-604 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil, Scissors, Palette,
    Download: Pattern

 

364.Frida Kahlo Inspired Plate
Designer: Adena Griffith
 

 

Description

For grade levels 9-12

Women's History Month is an important celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987. Throughout the years, Women's rights have been pioneered by every title from housewives, secretaries, to teachers - who were all willing to sacrifice for their beliefs for the betterment of women everywhere. These advocates helped gain access to advanced learning, and are the cornerstone for the rights women have today.

Artists, famously like Frida Kahlo, and others such as Clarice Cliff and Faith Ringgold, have also made impacts on society by documenting these strides for women. Cliff, an english apprentice potter in the early 20th Century, rose to become the head of the factory artistic department of the Royal College of Art. And Ringgold, one of the most famous women artists of her generation, grew up in Harlem during the Great Depression. The hardships of racism, sexism, and segregation she experienced in her every day life, inspired her work and continued throughout her career.

In this lessos, students will research and create artwork based on the study of women's rights throughout history. From women's suffrage, to equal pay in today's world, women continue to fight for their rights, and their stories are inspirational. 

Objectives

  • Students will learn the history of women's rights in America and around the world, by reserching a particular time period, or women pioneers in history that interest them. 

  • Students will sketch various patterns and styles to create a ceramic platter, and choose on that defines the women in that culture, or style they studied about.

  • Students will create unique ceramic platters that are inspired by their research.

National Standards

  • VA:Cr1.2.Ia: Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present- day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
  • VA:Cr1.2.IIIa: Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.
  • VA:Cr2.1.IIa: Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

Instructions

  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Apply three coats of FN-004 Red to the back of the plate using the CB-604 Soft Fan brush.
  3. Using the AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper and a pencil trace the pattern onto the face of the plate.
  4. Use the SG-401 Black Designer Liner to go over the traced lines.
  5. Use the CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner to fill in the blocks of SC-15 Tuxedo on the portrait.
  6. Use the same brush and glaze watered down to create the gray hues of the face. Use the image for reference.
  7. Use SC-43 Lettuce Alone and SC-78 Lime Light to puddle in the glaze using the CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner to the leaves.
  8. Use SC-6 Sunkissed, SC-43 Lettuce Alone, SC-74 Hot Tamale, and SC-78 Lime Light and the CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner to glaze the butterflies. Outline the wings with one color then when the glaze is still damp add another to blend the colors as you go.
  9. Once the glazes are completely dry apply two coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing Glaze to the front of the plate using the CB-604 Soft Fan brush.
  10. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06/05.

 

Here are 2 other projects inspired by history women figures: 

365.Clarice Cliff Inspired Plate

Clarice Cliff Inspired Plate 

 361.Anyone Can Fly

Faith Ringgold Inspired Canvas

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