Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Dear Dickerson Parents,
Due to inclement weather, CCSD is cancelling ALL after school and evening activities except for ASP for today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. However, although ASP will remain open, parents are strongly encouraged to pick up their children as soon as possible. In addition, the district and superintendents office will be monitoring the weather situation and they hope to make a decision regarding tomorrow by 10 pm this evening. Please stay tuned.
Dr. Carole Brink
Principal, Dickerson Middle School
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.
We finished making our fruit/vegetable out of clay. These were made into boxes that open and close. The clay pieces will air dry and be fired in the kiln. The last step is to glaze the boxes.
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.
Today we finish our marble perspective project. We will be working in our sketchbooks the rest of this week. On Monday, you will receive a new schedule for Connections.
This is the last week of quarter 1 art. We will finish the “Day of the Dead ” project and move on to one last project. The Day of the Dead project is due on Thursday, the 5th of October.
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!
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.
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!
We just finished making ceramic whale boxes. These will be fired, glazed and then fired again. In our wait time, we are learning water color painting. We are painting marbles and drawing a room in one point perspective.