One more unit down! Grade 8s have just finished their unit on ceramics where they produced a pinch cup and slab plate(s). You can view the work below or directly via Flickr here. You can view the outline of the unit here.
Unfortunately, I forgot to post the pics from last year. You may view those by going directly to the Flickr page here.
Phew! It’s a busy time when my grade 6s, 7s and 8s all finish their units the same week and I’m stuck reading reflections, photographing their work, cropping photos and then uploading them to various sites. Here are some ceramics from my grade 8 unit where students created pots and plates in basically eight 40min lessons. It takes a lot of organisation with firing and glazing etc. Students needed to create various pieces using a handwheel and were evaluated on forming skills and decorative techniques. These techniques could have been done through texture, glaze or through clay. Feel free to comment here or via Flickr.
When the term and school year winds down, report writing rears it’s head. I find myself evaluating over a hundred pieces of student work and it’s always difficult to evaluate creativity. Using a hand wheel, Grade 8 students created pinch cups and slab plates for their ceramics unit. Grade 7 students studied positive/negative space and created designs for their lino printing projects (even though we used softoleum). They looked at the work of William Morris, Johanna Basford, and several world patterns, designs and motifs (Celtic, African, Islamic, Native American and ancient Egyptian). Video links for grade 8 here and grade 7 here.
Want to learn how to make a slab plate with clay? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Sorry to the tech subscribers. Anyway, I made this video for my grade 8 students. It’s only 2min38sec. Feel free to use it as well (or correct me if you know a better way, or if I am doing it completely wrong). My other YouTube videos may be found here, but most of them are also included somewhere within this blog. If you use video in your class, I’d love to see your resources too.