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  1. Does anyone have info...or links to info bout tissue paper underglaze transfer safety and food safety. I purchased them from a clay supplier...the clerk said under clear they are food safe... The company that sells them said no, but it seemed the person I spoke with didn't really understand me. SO>>>> has anyone tested them? does anyone know? Any more info than what I have, would be appreciated!
  2. Well...I do not like to get out clay in the first few days. I still need to talk about rules and wait until schedules settle- So I usually do drawing activities-creativity stuff, get to know you stuff. 1. Surrealist "Exquisite corpse" drawings- based on the free association game the Surrealist used. Done in groups of four. each student gets a sheet of unlined paper-longer than copy is good but copy will do. Fold it in half, and then fold the half down in half again (four rectangles should be made). Have the students brainstorm a theme-something broad like underwater, or grocery store, pirate's life..etc Students may draw anything they like in the time allotted (5 mins or less) on the theme. They are to fill the top "rectangle" with 3-5 lines that extend into the second box. Call time have them fold back the box they drew in so no one can see. -Pass drawings left. The next 5 minutes student draw on the new paper they have received and they must start with the lines from the previous drawing and stay on the theme without looking at the first persons drawing. they must make sure to extend 3-5 lines to the 3rd rectangle. Keep drawing, folding and switching until the boxes are filled. Pin them up and take a look I know that was a little confusing..but it is easy to do in class! __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The written version of Exquisite Corpse: is done with a sentence written with the LAST word on the next line of the paper. Fold the top over, so only that one word is showing. Pass it left. Write a new sentence starting with the one word. Put the last word on the next line. Fold again. REPEAT then share. Just a warning- I am the one who reads them aloud in case some smart hormone filled teen wrote something off colour. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Synectics - the combining of 2 or more unrelated elements- exercises are used to encourage creativity. (I used to do these weekly) LOVE THEM! List 3 unrelated things and ask them to draw (using the whole page) what it would look like if the 3 were merged into one new thing. (I describe it as : draw what it would look like if the 3 things had a baby...some characteristics of each) example: skyscraper, teapot, ring tailed lemur Pin up drawings and talk about anything they see that is really "creative" or out of the box. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Another type of synectic is the "what if" statement drawings. Write the following on the board: Draw: What if ________________________were _____________________________. As a class create two topics...one for each list. Ex: body parts, fruit, types of pottery, sea creatures Make a list of 5 things for each list..put on the board. Ex: body parts- toes, ears, hair, tails, knees ; pottery-teapots, mugs, platters, bowls, goblets Have the student choose one thing from each list to make their own sentence and write it on their papeex: Have them DRAW what their sentence would look like...share and discuss Ex: What if toes were teapots. Imagine the drawings ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ MY FAVE ICE BREAKER: not an art thing but helpful to get to know the class A beach ball full of questions (you can google this ice breaker for question lists) I put them in table groups (4-5) and toss the ball. The person who catches reads the question their left thumb landed on to the class. Each student answers the question to their GROUP. STUDENTS ARE INSTRUCTED TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER! ( a skill they need help with) I call time- and have one person in each group, chosen by me report out the names and answers for ecah student..or the most unique answer etc. This process gets them used to accountability in groups and the questions are fun! EX: What is the weirdest thing you have eaten, what three things could you not live without. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ok, that's enough for now:) but more is coming!
  3. Thank you Geezer (these names hehe)! I had thought of Val Cushing but the other 2 have been added to the list.
  4. John...I now get what you were talking about earlier. I am trying to consider impact and the type of lifestory and artwork to most interest my teenage audience. I am really excited to see women will be a significant part of this list. I may have to go to 25....
  5. oh boy...so despite my attempt at checking for typos in the initial post a biggie slipped by. The post title was supposed to read FROM history not "form history". Thanks for the catch- oldlady It has been fixed. So, as I have been researching the names given so far I realize I have to choose between ancient ceramic history and perhaps the past 100 years or so. I can see most of the names given focus on the latter and so shall I. Thank you to all who have sent a name...now to narrow the 40 to 20!
  6. Thanks for the list John! That is a great start. This is a big deficit for me and I am determined to round out my art history for my students. Most of them have not had art since having it every 7 days in elementary school, so Ceramics one does a basic art history talk. I could cry at how small the exposure has been for most of them until high school. This is my next step. As for how contemp. is contemp. and westerns vs. eastern... I was thinking contemporary as currently creating and showing or selling (I have a research project for this). As for location of artist...all names welcome! I may organize the talks by culture depending on who I choose. So excited to get started on this!
  7. Hello everyone! My name is Mel and I am a wheel-lover and teach Ceramics at a HS in FL. I am seeking to create a weekly potters talk in my Ceramics 2 and 3 classes at the high school where I teach.(cer. 1 does basic art history each week) I am looking to make a top 20 list of important potters/ceramic artists. Can you all help me by answering this-WHO WOULD YOU WANT FUTURE CLAY ARTISTS AND POTTERS TO KNOW ABOUT? No bounds except I am trying to avoid super contemporary potters (I don't ignore this in class just not part of this idea) (Once I compile a list and make some image ppts. would be glad to share if interested:) On your mark..... get set...... Thanks!
  8. Just an aside...I was letting semi wet works sit in my kiln room to dry before bisque firing them and my Kiln techsaid this was creating too much moisture in the kiln room- which is why the outside metal on the kilns were rusting. Just worth noting!
  9. John- Thanks for the video! I'd like to try a few that way. Anyone else notice his "rib" was a credit card? Awsome!
  10. I can say..(in my experience) Sat gold by amaco is VERY unreliable. sometimes a dark antique looking gold....sometimes dark with a few goldish bubbles. Almost never even gold coverage. Just my experience tho. If you go the lusture route post picks. I am dying to play with them myself! Good luck
  11. Hello! I don't know if you have ad your fill of glaze info but I have used potters choice in my HS classroom for the past 2 years with over 300 students. I probably have more info on them than I have time to type! What seems to be popular about them is they create many effects consistently if you layer them. The website shows some tests for their popular colors: deep firebrick, indigo float and one other..(name evading me now) Sat. gold is a pain..it even says so on their site...but the other metallic have been true to the labels. Blue Rutile has some variation due to thickness so it is fun to play with. Good luck!
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