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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Themed Clay Boxes

EXTRA! EXTRA! 8th Grade Finally Works with Clay!

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

My 8th graders haven't worked with slabs before so I thought this would be a good opportunity.  The lesson is pretty simple and self explanatory, so I'll lay out the basics.  The students were asked to sketch out a plan for a themed box.  The theme needed to be portrayed in some way, shape or form on all sides of the box plus it required a topper (gotta practice those slip and scoring skills).  This meant that some of my students planned on adding attachments to their sides and others painted or carved into them while all of them had to create a 3D topper to attach to the lid.  Once the sketches were done, they made templates from posterboard (most of the students planned on cubes, so this step was easy).  I taught them how to make a slab.  As I tend to do with middle school, I made them an instructional video and did a class demonstration. It is hard for all of them to gather around a table and watch me, so the video helps with that part and the live demo helps clarify anything they were confused about in the video.


They each made their necessary slabs and once they were leather hard, we slipped and scored them together  (as a hollow form, we cut the lids off later) plus any other attachments we needed and carved what needed to be carved.  We cut the lids to have uneven edges with Exacto knives so that the lid wouldn't just slide right off but it also had to be removable.  Once bisqued, they had the choice of painting their box with acrylics and adding a gloss, or they could glaze it.  And as I always say...they came out great!  I absolutely love the work that these kids do!  I tried to get a couple of angles on a few of these, so you could see how their themes panned out:

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson




Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson
Important caption to the bird box--this student's box was caving in while she attached her slabs and instead of giving up, she altered her plan and made something creative and beautiful!  Love when that happens!
Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson



Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson

Middle School Clay Slab Themed Boxes Art Lesson


Fall of 2014 Examples:

Painting vs Glazing Clay Students Choose Medium Middle School Art

Painting vs Glazing Clay Students Choose Medium Middle School Art

Painting vs Glazing Clay Students Choose Medium Middle School Art

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes

Middle School Art Themed Clay Boxes Full Display
Display Case of 8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes with 2nd Grade Animal Accents
 Close ups:
8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Marvel Box View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Marvel Box View 2
 
8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Coke Can

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Cupcake

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Gatorade Bottle

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Beach Scene and Dowling High School Volleyball Theme

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Lighthouse

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Notre Dame Football

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Outer Space-Planets View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Outer Space- Planets View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Winter Theme with a Canadian Maple Leaf

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Cross Country Theme

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Robot

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Frog

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Police Box

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Snowman
Side note: this snowman was dropped during the making of it and she gave it the TLC it needed to revive the smashed up version!

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Easter Theme

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Cat with Fish Topper!

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Minion

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Clay Kitty

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Penguin

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
One of my avid readers made this book themed box! (view 1)

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Book Themed View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Mario and Luigi!

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Slug View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Slug View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Slug View 3 (back)

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fall Theme View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fall Theme View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fairy Tale View 1

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Fairy Tale View 2

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Minion

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Gatorade

8th Grade Themed Clay Boxes Art Lesson
Clay Cat