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March 2015

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44 March 2015 SchoolArts Elementary Studio Lesson between the wheel and brick, further attaching the wheels. Details includ- ing headlights, taillights, windows, and doors are added last. Personalizing Students can alter and shape their clay vehicles by carving, smooth - ing with the fingertips, and adding details. If they need further ideas to get their creative juices flowing, sug - gest making their family car, a con- cept car, or a retro design. When students finish, check the size of the vehicle. If it's too big, I push a sharpened pencil through the bottom into the cab to ensure that the clay will dry out and to prevent breakage during bisque firing. As students work, the tires often become flattened, but a few corrective pinches will "reinflate" them. After drying and bisque firing, students use small brushes to apply glaze for refiring. Craig Hinshaw is an art educator from Davison, Michigan. He is the author of Clay Connections and Animals, Houses, and People (Poodles Press). N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K www.craighinshaw.com garbage bag to prevent drying. I also place newspaper between the bricks to prevent them from sticking together. Building Cars Give each student a clay brick on a piece of cardboard. Tell them that cars can be made by attaching a walnut- sized ball of clay to the center of the brick, while trucks are made by attaching a smaller piece of clay near one end of the brick to create a cab. The bed of the truck can be carved out with a wire loop tool. Convertibles can be made by attaching just a windshield, then carv- ing out the interior and adding seats. It is imperative that you display pic- tures of cars. Magazine advertisements are a good source. Point out the angles of the windshield, the tapering of the hood, and the rounding of the body. Wheels are made by rolling balls of clay, then pinching them into quarter- sized discs. These are moistened and attached to the sides of the brick. A soft coil of clay should be carefully smeared from underneath the car E ach year, during the month of May, many schools in Michi - gan celebrate and study Michi- gan Week. Detroit, known as the Motor City, is the home of the Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler automo - bile companies. While we have been struggling recently with the slide of the "Big Three's" market share, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for. You don't need to teach in Michigan to present this lesson, because Americans have a love affair with cars. Every part of a car has been designed by someone. This is not usually obvious to students, so I point this out as I display pictures of young professionals designing prototype cars. Career education begins in elementary school, and perhaps some of my students will one day attend the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit to design vehicles of the future. Preparing the Clay Prior to presenting the lesson, roll out a ¾" (1.9 cm) thick slab of clay. From the slab, measure and cut 4 x 1½" (10 x 4 cm) clay bricks, cutting off the corners as you go. If you're preparing bricks the day before the lesson, store them in a cut-open plastic Craig Hinshaw Career education begins in elementary school. Driven b Design

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