The 4th grade has started to create clay pinch pots. Each student is given a ball of clay, which they will pinch into a bowl. Students will also add a "pedestal" or support to the bottom of their bowl by scratching and attaching.
Making the pinch pot will only take one art time.
After the pinch pots dry for a week, I put them in the kiln for the first firing called a bisque fire.
Once students get their pots back they glaze their bowl. This also takes will take one art time.
After the first firing, we apply the glaze and I fire the bowls one more time so the glaze turns into a glass coating.
The 3rd grade is just finishing up this lesson on Radial Symmetry. In their classroom, they learned about symmetry so we are taking that information and using it in art.
1. The students first trace a circle and split the circle into 8 equal parts using a black sharpie marker.
2. Then they cut out a paper triangle that would fit into each section of the circle.
3. They create a design using shapes, lines and their name, if they want.
4. They then tape this triangle to the back of the paper and trace this triangle over and over again.
5. They color first with sharpie colors and then out line everything with a black sharpie marker.
I'm in my 6th year teaching art in Becker, MN. Time has really flown by! Wowza!