His objectives for the project were:
- Students will apply the concept of texture within their projects.
- Students will research one or more concepts to assist in making informed decisions about their work.
- Students will create a 3-D clay work that includes the use of two or more methods of building. (slip, score, coil, slab, etc.)
Then he gave the students 3 options for their project to be based on:
- Research and choose a word that has a relationship to texture, and strengthen its meaning by designing a visual representation that shows what the word means.
- Research, design, and complete a real or imagined animal of your choice. Decide what textures this creature should have to make it look realistic
- Create a proposal of something you would like to research and create using clay. Present your idea for approval.
This gives students a variety of options for their project idea, they get to chose and have a sense of control in their project. It also gives the opportunity for varied skill levels to all excel within the same project guidelines. For a student less experienced in clay, a realistic animal might be too much but the word project could be a perfect fit.
Above: A students favorite word became the inspiration for his clay sculpture.
Below: A student works to add texture to a favorite animal.
I love the idea of having a proposal option for students who want to go further in the project or just have an idea they are dying to bring to life. Great project with a huge variety of results but all focused around the same objectives. How creative is the idea for those tentacles!?
Above: Both the word and the texture are jagged.
Below: After extensive research, a student created a giant squid with tentacles specifically propped in a way that wold allow her to insert something into its grip once it has been fired.
Photos by Nick Urffer