Introduction to Ceramics – Fish Fry!

Introduction to Ceramics

After our lecture and Avid Focus notes on Ceramics and the stages of clay, students created their slab templates and tried their hand at some basic slab construction. We are now waiting for our pieces to become Bone Dry. When we return from Thanksgiving break, I hope to fire our pieces.

UPDATE! We fired our fish, glazed them, and re-fired!

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Reggie Laurent Inspired Art

Together we explored the work of contemporary artist Reggie Laurent. After looking at his art and using our Avid strategies to take focused notes about the artist and the inquiry process to analyze his use of shape and color, students created their paintings inspired by the artist. This was a great lesson in pattern and unity and learning how to use acrylics and take care of supplies. Finally, we ended the lesson with a gallery walk, peer review, and individual written reflection.

In my Room Project

Students in my CTE/ Design class showed off their skills in Adobe Photoshop. First, they had to create their dream rooms. Then, students had to manipulate images to create a space in 1 point perspective. Then they had to impose themselves in the photo and use a vector mask to blend themselves in. I wish I could showcase them all. However, I selected the ones where the faces are obscured for security.

Warm/Cool Fish

Last year the sixth graders explored color theory with cool/warm parrots. This year we tried something new. Students created cool colored paper with various watercolor techniques. I believe the plastic wrap on wet paper was their favorite. They also made paper with warm colors.

They tore up the cool paper to make a sea when the papers dried. Then, they used warm paper to create sea life. The results are a mixed media collage with high visual contrast.