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TITLE-ACTIVITY:

OBJECTIVES:

CRAZY CLAY BIRDS

Students will create whimsical, mixed-media bird


sculptures, which are representative of their own identities.
We are exploring our identities through clay sculpture.

SOLs:
GRADE: 7

Duration: 5-7 days

VOCABULARY:
Coil, Slab, Pinch Method, Kiln, Kiln
Furniture, Fire, Hand Building, MixedMedia, Bisque, Ceramics, Glaze, Under
Glaze
ELEMENTS OF ART:
Shape, Form, Texture, Color

7.2 The student will refine media techniques to


demonstrate craftsmanship.
7.3 The student will use ideas, concepts, and prior
knowledge to solve art-making problems and create works
of art.
7.9 The student will create three-dimensional works of
art, using various processes to include clay hand-building
techniques.
7.10 The student will identify styles and themes in
contemporary and historical works of art.

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN:

Balance, Variety, Repetition

CROSS CURRICULAR:
LS.8 B. Predators and Prey

MOTIVATION: - art history, criticism, aesthetics


What do we know about birds? What do they do? What is their importance? Are birds predators or are they
prey? What animals are predators to birds? What animals are prey to birds?
Students will learn by discovering their own artistic styles through hand building in clay. They will use handbuilding techniques to build whimsical creatures with characteristics of their own choice. We will learn about
how using mixed media in art can create interesting and original works of art. We will talk about how art and
artistic choices can represent you.
We will look at the works of Nick Cave and his sound suits. Nick Cave is an artist and Professor at the Chicago
Institute of Art. He uses materials and mixed media to create animal-like sculptures. His work also blurs the
lines between mixed-media sculpture, performance art, dance, and fashion. His pieces often deal with his
identity as an artist and as an African American.
Think about a bird you have seen in nature, at the zoo, or even on TV. What kind of personalities do they have?
Do you have a favorite bird? Think about how we have personified birds in art, illustration, pop culture. What
kind of bird might best represent your personality?

MATERIALS:

Clay

BACKGROUND SKILLS:

Found Objects

Acrylic Paint

Coil and Pinch pot building skills, which were


learned prior to this lesson, will be refined.

Feathers
Glue

PRODUCTION:

*DAY 1 CLAY PROCEDURES:

Day 1:

1. Review the coiling process.


2. Building up forms with coiling.
3. Smoothing the outside of the
form.
4. Shaping coil built forms into a
desired body shape.
5. Pinch Pot method for a head.
6. Hand building details such as
beaks, eyes, tail, feet, etc.
7. Attaching feet and details
scoring and slipping
8. Slab building wings.
9. Inserting holes in clay for mixed
media.
10. Writing names on the bottom.
11. Review of the drying and firing
process

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Introduction
Clay Demonstration*
Check for understanding
Work time/individual help
Clean-up
Review informal assessment question and
answering out loud

Post Firing:
1. Review
2. Introduction/demonstration on: glazing, attaching
mixed media, and painting with Tempera paint.
3. Work time/ individual help
4. Clean-up
5. Review/Wrap up Vocabulary words
CHECK OF UNDERSTANDING:
Observe work habits, question procedures and student work.
EVALUATION/CLOSURE:
Informal assessments and review of vocabulary words.
ASSESSMENTS:
Individual critique
REFLECTION:

DIFFERENTIATION:

RESOURCES:

Students will receive oneon-one help and/or a


simplified project when
necessary.

Nickcaveart.com
Artspace.com/nick_cave