SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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to research its habitat and the dangers Adding Details it faces as a result of pollution and Students added textures, patterns, human interference. and details, and added clay with variAfter research was complete, I ous handbuilding techniques to form showed students how to break their heads, fins, and claws as desired. Once animals down into basic shapes as students finished the building process, they began their preliminary drawthey used a needle tool to poke holes ings or thumbnail in the creatures in sketches, then places that weren't I wanted to add helped them transsculptural wit and whimsy going to show, late their drawings such as under the while also studying the into three-dimencreature's body. I wonders of ocean life. sional sculptures. left the newspaper Students started inside the finished by lightly crumpling newspaper into sculptures and let them burn out durthe basic shapes of their creatures, ing firing. keeping the shapes together with Not only do the finished pieces cremasking tape. It is important not to ate awareness about ocean life, they bundle the newspaper too tightly so also make a great advocacy tool to the clay will have room for shrinkshare with the community. age as it dries. The main structure for Connie Norman is an art teacher at Carey each creature was made from a slab Junior High in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She is body; students rolled slabs of clay and an internationally known and published carefully wrapped them around the artist, and is a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship recipient. paper armatures. After the newspaper was completely covered with the slabs, stuNatioNal StaNdard dents paddled the forms lightly to Students intentionally take advantage refine the shapes. I had students make a newspaper "pillow" (crumpled news- of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes paper placed in a grocery bag) to place to enhance communication of their their sculptures on after the basic experiences and ideas. form was paddled. Web Objectives Students will: • gain a greater understanding of sculpture • create textures and patterns in clay • explore ceramic handbuilding techniques such as slab construction and pinching • gain an increased awareness of the environment and ocean life • understand that art can function as a means to increase knowledge in other content areas Materials • low-fire or paper clay • underglazes • clear cone 04 glaze • clay tools • newspaper • masking tape • drawing paper • ocean images liNk Trenton Freeman, Crab, grade nine. Andrew Crips, Walrus, grade eight. 37

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