8th grade/Q2

We started our ceramics unit today.  Clay was rolled into 1/4 in. slabs.  Students used templates to cut the pieces of the cake slice they will be making.  These will be assembled starting tomorrow.  Details will be added this week as these will be cake slices that open and close.  Finally, they will be glazed using low fire ceramic glazes.

6th Grade art/Q2

We are finishing up our abstract “Highraff drawings.”  Our next assignment will take a while to complete.  We will be creating a cartoon character and putting that character into a comic strip.  Finally, we will be creating the character out of clay.  The final step will be to glaze the bisque fired character.

8th grade

This is the last week of quarter 1, art.  We will be finishing the oil pastel project as well as glazing the pumpkins just out of the kiln.  If the pumpkins do not get fired until late in the week, you may stop by next week during Connections to pick up your pumpkin.  Thank you for a great first quarter!

8th grade

The students just began creating a pumpkin using the pinch pot method of hand building.  I will remove the plastic covering on the pumpkins to allow the clay to become leather hard.  Leather hard clay is easier to cut and carve into.  At this point, students will cut a lid out of the hollow vessel they have created and begin to make the vessel into a pumpkin or jack o lantern.  Once air dried, they will be bisque fired and then glazed and fired again.  We are up against a time crunch, the two days off ate into our ceramics time.  If these are not finished by the end of the quarter, I will allow students to come in early to complete their projects.

In the time we wait for ceramics to dry and be fired, we have started an oil pastel project.  This will be a close up or cropped image of an animal or plant.  Students will make their own view finder to create an interesting composition.

7th grade

The students just finished a slab rolled project in ceramics.  Clay was rolled into slabs and the students used silk and real leaves to trace onto the rolled slab.  6 to 8 leaves were cut along with a round base for the bowl they were going to create.  Students scored and slipped the leaves into place on the base and set inside a paper bowl to retain form.  Once leather hard, the clay bowl was removed from the paper bowl and air dried.  These were fired and then glazed and fired again. The results were beautiful!