For their clay project we discussed the idea of PLACE. Many artists work with the big idea of PLACE. We discussed how different places make us feel and how we may behave differently in different settings. We defined what "home" is for different people. The students then received a clay slab that they used as a base to recreate their favorite place. We learned new clay vocabulary and also reviewed it. I demonstrated different ways to use the clay and how to attach clay elements together. Down below are some pictures of the projects. Some are still being fired and I will add more pictures as the firing process is completed.
The second project that we worked on was a healing machine inspired by artist Emery Blagdon. Blagdon believed that with electromagnetic energy and good intentions that his creations could heal people and animals. With my students we talked about the power of good intentions. Each student was supposed to come up with a design to represent a wish or good intention for the world. This could be for an individual, a group of people, animals, or the environment. Many students chose environmental issues while some chose very personal wishes for individuals in their lives. Many chose to represent a species that is endangered. After coming up with an idea, the students learned how to metal emboss their designs onto tooling foil. They then learned a process called patina, where you add black India ink to the metal and rub it with steel wool when it's dry. The finishing touches were too add metal recyclables to their designs like Emory Blagdon did to his healing machines. The final step was for me to add each student's work to a bicycle wheel and hang it from the ceiling. There are pictures below.
The last project, the students only had about two days to complete, so this project was not quite as in-depth. For this project, we looked at various landscapes. The students were then asked to choose a landscape that reminded them of a place that they love or of a place that they would love to go. They then recreated this landscape on black paper with silver sharpie and pastel. They learned a couple different techniques with pastel such as different ways to blend and sgraffito, which is when you scratch away the pastel.
Take a look at the images below.