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Ceramic Tiles

Here is a lesson on making uniquely designed ceramic tiles which can be adapted for any grade:

Topics: Element of line, slab-rolling, grouting, glazing, and art criticism.

Content Standard Reference (High School Proficient):

1.4 Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a particular principle of design.

2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design.

4.5 Employ the conventions of art criticism in writing and speaking about works of art.

Objective: Students will create a ceramic tile and demonstrate understanding of design elements, shape and line, by simplifying an image onto the tile. Student will demonstrate competency and understand the process of glazing by low fire glazing their tile. Student will develop critique skills to become objective evaluators of each other’s work as well as their own by participating in an in class critique.

Simplified steps:

1. Students completed a worksheet on line where they simplified a given image into its basic shapes and lines.

2. They then created their own unique simplified line drawing.

3. Students then transfered their drawing onto a 6″x8″ slab of clay, 1/2″ thick, with about a 1/2″ border.

The slabs were rolled out using rolling pins and 2 rulers stacked on each side as guides.

4. Students carved their drawing out of the now leather-hard slab using a trimming tool

5. After the bisque firing students glazed their tiles.

6. After the glaze firing a batch of black, white, and grey grout was mixed to fill in the lines the student had carved out. The students covered their tile with their choice of grout, let it set for a minute, then wiped off the tile with a sponge so that the only grout remaining filled in their design.

Now what you really care about, the awesome student work:

Lesson ended with the art criticism activity where students each awarded one tile “best use of line”, “best use of color”, “best overall design”, and a “free choice” award. Once they had given their awards the class discussed why a tile was successful in use of line, color, design, etc…


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Artist Research Star Book

One of my jobs as a student teacher is to bring a new perspective into the lessons. One of the first lessons I  “updated” was the art fundamental students artist research paper. Instead of students picking an artist to research and write a paper on I had them make star books on the artist of their choice. I found the instructions for making the books here: http://www.making-mini-scrapbooks.com/starbook.html except I had students bind their books by gluing two paper strips across the binding for extra support. Students spent some time throughout  the month of October researching an artist of their choice. They even creating a replica of that artist’s work which I then shrunk down into an image to fit inside their book. The results were creative masterpieces instead of boring research papers and are a lot more exciting to make and display. I supplied them with scrapbook paper and miscellaneous objects to make their books really pop. The last picture is the grading rubric used for this assignment but if your interested in the whole packet, instructions, ect… leave a comment with your email.

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