SchoolArts Magazine

January 2018

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only love can do that." Students then planned and sketched their designs on the cylinders they drew. Making the Clay Cylinders After planning their designs, students used gougers to create texturizing pat- terns or stamps on easy-cut linoleum blocks. These can be patterns found in nature or in textured objects. The blocks were then set aside. Next, students smoothly wrapped and taped two layers of newspa- per around thick cardboard tubes. S hould you try this lesson with your students, ask a local fabric store or the housekeeping person - nel at your school to save tubes for y ou. These cardboard tubes can be cut into smaller sections with a band saw. If removed properly, they can be reused. You might also want to offer an assortment of sizes for students to choose from. Once the tubes were prepared, students rolled out and measured clay slabs between flat rulers, about the thickness of a yardstick, placed on either side of the clay. Students then carefully wrapped the clay slabs around their newspaper-wrapped tubes and slipped, scored, and pressed them together at the seams. Keeping the tube inside the slab cyl - inder, students used another piece of clay slab to make a bottom/base for the cylinder and also slipped, scored, and smoothed to seal it. Adding Texture Students created texture by either rolling the slab cylinder over their texturized linoleum blocks or by using rubber stamps and other tools. After the cylinders were tex - turized, the newspaper-wrapped t ubes were gently removed. At this point, students can carefully cut patterns and openings through the walls for candlelight to show through, leaving enough clay for stability. The cylinders were then placed on a drying rack with crumpled newspaper placed inside for stability. We waited five days for the cylinders to dry before firing. Glazing Students took their fired cylinders and gently wiped the surface with a damp sponge. They applied three coats of each glaze color they chose, making sure to cover the entire sur - face with each coat. If your students a re using underglazes for color, they might want to dip them in a clear glaze after the underglaze has dried so that the interior of the cylinder is completely sealed with glaze. Presentation The finished lamps were some- thing to see, especially when we t ested them and placed votive-sized battery-powered lights inside. Stu- dents wrote accompanying artist s tatements about their inspirations and these were later exhibited, along with the lamps, for all to see. Melody Weintraub is a freelance artist and middle-school art teacher at Briar- crest Christian School in Eads, Tennes- see. She was awarded Tennessee Middle S chool Art Educator of the Year in 2013. melodyweintraub @ gmail.com 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.melodyweintraub.com Students based their designs for their c linders around a favorite quote using s mbols and positive words to represent hope and light. The cardboard tubes are gently removed before firing and glazing. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33

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