SchoolArts Magazine

MAY 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 Some students coordinated the color of their boards to correspond to the theme and design of their game pieces. For example, one student used light blue and dark blue for her game board because she was making ocean-themed pieces (sand dollars vs. sea shells). Another used red and white for his game board to have it resemble a picnic blanket because he was making food- themed pieces (hamburgers vs. hot - dogs). I laminated the completed game boards to make them more durable. Making the Game Pieces Next, students created their game pieces. They each had to make twelve pieces for each side, plus additional items to king the pieces if necessary. I required them to demonstrate proper hand-building techniques during the process, such as wedging their clay to remove air pockets and scoring and slipping when attaching pieces together. After the clay pieces were fin - ished and dry, I bisque-fired them and students painted them with acrylics. Materials • low-fire clay and clay tools • acrylic paint • 8 x 8" (20 x 20 cm) white drawing paper • pencils, erasers, and rulers • black permanent markers • coloring supplies (markers, colored pencils, etc.) • lamination film CONTINUED ON PAGE 46.

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