Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday Clay Day

8th Graders are making their clay plates in preparation for the sgraffito work they will start next week. 

6th Graders are glazing their ceramic leaves.  These will be fired this week. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fresh Out of the Kiln

Glazed and fired ceramic fall leaves from the 6th Grade Thursday's art classes were just pulled from the kiln today!  They look spectacular!!!!   

The Tuesday 6th Grade art classes will glaze their leaves next week.  

These little plates are great as a candle holder, soap dish, jewelry holder, candy dish, or spoon holder in the kitchen.  A treasure for years to come!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

8th Grade: Sgraffito Project Planning

8th Graders are beginning their sketches for their ceramic sgraffito plates.  An initial drawing was done on construction paper and then traced onto tracing paper.  The tracing paper will then be placed on the top of their ceramic plates and traced into black glazed leather-hard clay.  From that point, the students will use a variety of sgraffito carving tools to carve the designs out of the clay exposing the white clay underneath.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

What's Going on In the Art Room: Week of November 7th

4th Grade:

4th graders just completed their Owl in Moonlight project.  Next week, we will begin work on our first Christmas project.

5th Grade:

5th graders just completed their Glue Line Pumpkin projects.  We studied how light direction affects shadows and highlights and shading on objects.

6th Grade:

We just completed the beginning stages of our ceramic leaf plates.  These will be fired in the kiln this week and ready for glaze work soon!

7th Grade:

Today students finished the clay work on their ceramic angels.  Once these are fired, we will be fusing  glass to the body and wings of the angels and glazing them.  Excited to see these completed!

8th Grade:

8th graders are finishing up torn paper portraits and beginning to sketch their designs for their sgraffito ceramic plates.  Pics to follow in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Upcoming Projects...

4th Grade:

Students will be creating Mission-style Christmas churches using chalk pastels and focusing on creating depth by using shading, dimension, and paying attention to creating distinct foregrounds/middle grounds/ and backgrounds.

5th Grade:

Students in 5th grade are continuing to work on a Pumpkin Glue-Line Pastel Shading Project.  Students learned about light direction and how this affects shading and shadows.  Students explored using colors other than black to create shadows in their pictures.

6th Grade:

We are currently juggling a few sculptural projects.  This week, students begin making their ceramic leaf plates.  In between the drying, firing, and glazing of this project, students will continue to work on their paintbrush people.

7th Grade:

Our next project involves the fusing of ceramics and glass in a ceramic Angel project.  The students angels will be carved out and frit added to the carved out areas of the angels and re-fired, melting the frit into glass and fusing the clay and glass together.

8th Grade:

Students are finishing up their torn paper portrait projects.

Students who have completed the project are beginning the planning stages of their ceramic sgraffito plates.  8th graders will be making ceramic slump plates and using a sgraffito technique to glaze and design their plates.