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Lesson plan: 7th grade middle school * Ceramics*

  • Vocabulary Words… Modeling, slab construction, slip& score.

Unit: Nature – Animals and their environment.

During this project the creator will LEARN & CREATE…
  1. You will CREATE an animal of your choice and the animal’s environment.
  2. Also you will LEARN craftsmanship in forming clay.

Materials needed for this cool project[edit | edit source]

  • Newspapers
  • Masking Tape
  • Plastic bags
  • Rolling pins
  • Guide stick
  • Clay
  • Slip dishes
  • Modeling tools
  • Texture gadgets
  • Water colors
  • elastic, durable and closable rubber
  • Gloss varnish

FINALLY steps or procedures[edit | edit source]

  1. Brain storm for great ideas or think about your favorite animal.
  2. Sketch your animal, and the environment (plan what will be in the environment).
  3. Use a newspaper to make humps for the body of the animal.
  4. Roll out a slab of clay for the body, then drape over newspaper hump.
  5. Use the pinch pot method for the head -out of a ball of clay- insert your thumb and thin walls out. Then shape the head of the animal.
  6. Imagine the way animals lay and stand. (Make the legs and arms with clay coils)
  7. You can use a pencil eraser to form the eye sockets. This will also help you begin forming the nose & cheekbones.
  8. Think about other things that makes animals different… wings, tails, ears .etc. *DON’T FORGET TO SLIP & SCORE TO ATTACH CLAY PIECES!
  9. The base of the animal comes next although it must be smaller than (9”x12”) slip& score 1st then attach your animal to the base.
  10. You can use clay tools to add textures to your animal and to the environment.
  11. Next, carve your name gently on the bottom of the base with a pointed stick.
  12. Allow your animal to dry, then bisque fire. After you can paint t with watercolors or medium gloss.

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