notes to the class



I have been working to include more student choice in the ceramics classes. Looking back to the fall semester I think this was my most successful attempt at teaching basic handbuilding skills while allowing for more student input. So for the first time, not every student built a coiled bowl or an artwork from an […]

“Up Close” Ceramics 1’s theme project

"Up Close" Ceramics 1's theme project

This year the Level 1 project is “Up Close”. I really struggled with how to present the theme to ceramics classes. One class period students rotated through stations, completing three of the four. One Nearpod activity introduced photographers who played with scale in their work. In another video students saw the work of Chuck Close […]

Open Studio, A January Update

Students used a 2D human head proportion diagram as a guide during this activity.

This week, students commented on their peers’ blogs. We used the same procedure, T.A.G., for commenting as we used on gallery walks and peer progress checks during the first semester. I learned the T.A.G. strategy from Sheri Callahan, the art teacher at Hinson Middle School. T stands for “tell them something you like about their […]

December update

December update

In ceramics 1 classes, students have been designing and building a centerpiece, set, or a pair of tableware forms. Since completion of the utilitarian form students learned to work with slabs, stiff slab construction to create flat planes and crisp edges, soft slabs wrapped around cylindrical forms, and soft slabs draped and slumped into and […]

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