SchoolArts Magazine

November 2016

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28 NOVEMBER 2016 SchoolArts Scanning Prints I asked students in my high-school Beginning Ceramics class to bring in diverse images of bodies from magazines. Using a flatbed scanner, we scanned the images, selected the torsos in Photoshop, and made adjustments to them. The resulting images were printed on 13 x 19" (33 x 48 cm) paper as low-resolution black- and-white prints. (If you don't have access to a scanner, students can grid the images on paper.) Using the scan- ner resulted in larger pattern pieces that made for interesting engineer- ing challenges when it came to hand- building with the clay. Tarpaper Patterns The scanned prints were cut out and traced on tarpaper (or roofing paper). Two copies of the prints were cut from the tarpaper for pattern pieces to be used on the fronts and backs of students' clay parts. It is impor- tant that students hold the tarpaper pieces together in a mirror image and draw a large "X" on the outside sur- face of the paper to show which side should be facing up when it is laid on the clay. The parts should match up when they are joined. Slip and Score The tarpaper patterns helped stu- dents in determining how large a slab they needed to roll out. For larger pieces, students had to overlap and then slip and score slabs together to make the sizes they needed. Before these pieces were firmly rolled onto Since teens are ver focused on bod mage, I emplo ed an interest in developing a ceramics assignment that examined the range of shapes and st les of the torso. Paulina Dominguez, ninth grade. Stencils, airbrushed under- glazed stains.

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