High School Studio Lesson
Man’s Best Friend
“With eye upraised, his master’s look to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man;
The rich man’s guardian, and the poor man’s friend; The only being faithful to the end.”
—George Crabbe, from The Borough, 1810
Nancy Corrigan Wilbert
preferably sitting or lying down.
Each student arranged their images
on a piece of paper and taped them
down to use for a reference sheet.
First we cut the clay into large
pieces of clay,
the size of an
orange, and patted them into ball
shapes. They made two pinch pots
and then joined them together to
make a large egg shape to form the
body of a dog. Added support was
needed, so small coils of clay were
secured and blended smooth where
the pots were joined.
Everybody loves dogs! Even
if you do not own one, you
certainly have countless
memories of these canine
creatures or maybe even a favorite
better way to
inspire students than
sculptures of dogs?
To get started, I asked my students to bring in photographs of
their own dogs or images of dogs,
What better way to inspire
students than with simple pinch-
pot sculptures of dogs?
A wooden paddle was used to
tamp the combined form into the
desired shape. Students used thick
coils of clay to create the dog’s legs,
adding clay where needed. Students
employed the same techniques to
form and add the head. When attaching the head to the body, a hole was
made so that air could flow between
the forms while the clay was fired.
Fired pieces were painted with
Nancy Corrigan Wilbert is an art teacher at
Seekonk High School in Seekonk, Massachusetts. email@example.com
Students describe the origins of specific images and ideas and explain
why they are of value in their artwork and in the work of others.