So Glossy!!!

These last past weeks have been FULL of ceramics!  Every single class in HT has had the opportunity to make a ceramic work of art…so parents expect your children to come home with clay art very, VERY soon (if they haven’t already)!

Students have been glazing their pieces and they are going right into the kiln afterwards.

Glazing is a very interesting process because the colors do NOT look like what you’d expect them to.  So I have to explain and show the students what the colors will really look like when they come out of the kiln.

So Glossy!


 

Since 7th grade made pinch pots, I seized the opportunity to teach the students about Greek vessels and the various vessel shapes.  They selected a shape, practiced it, and then made a final copy.

This is a scratch away piece.  So students color in their vases with an oil pastel, followed by painting in with a special scratch away paint.  Once the paint is dry, the students use special greek design sheets to scratch designs into their vessels.

How cool are these?

Lots-N-Lots of Ladybugs

We are on a theme right now with the younger grades, and that is Ladybugs…ladybugs in 3D versions and 2D versions.

As you seen in the previous post, the students created a 3D ladybug using the clay.  To keep with our theme, I had kindergarten create a collagraph version of a ladybug.  They had to also draw their ladybug’s “habitat” (we’re using fancy words here!).  We then used printing ink and rollers to create a stamped work of art.  It’s an advanced art technique, but our kindergarteners were totally able to rise to the challenge.  And they turned out beautiful

Take a look at our collagraphs!


 

We are now moving on the “glazing” process of ceramics.  2nd grade began the glazing process of their ladybug.


 

And last but not least here is our lovely kiln with freshly bisqued artwork!  Isn’t just lovely.  The kids have been so excited to see their pieces bisqued!