My students complain, when I don't let them "copy" anything. How dare I ask for creativity in an Art class!!!!
Thanks... it is not my story.. and mel tells it WAY better. In case you don't know him he is a great teacher.
So here is an assignment that I use all the time at the college level, Benzine. You can have them "be careful what they wish for" . It is the classic "old school" MASTER COPY.
Yup... copy a piece. And when I say copy I mean a 3-D "Xerox". Everything,....... size, form, surface, firing finish, the whole deal. (Of course labeled as a copy exercise on the piece in the end.)
This is an advanced level assignment. I pick the selection of possible pieces, and the students select from within that grouping I provide to them. It is not a "pick your own" approach. And there is method to the madness of the items that I select to include. And the selection is always beasd upon the particular class og specific students.
They usually underestimate how VERY HARD this is going to be. They learn a TON of things, the LEAST of which is how to copy that piece.