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Hello,

Due to the coronavirus/ new shelter in place policy, I am now coming up with an online curriculum for my high school ceramic's students. At the moment, my students do not have clay at home (there was not any time to prepare for this) but I am considering having them pick up clay once the shelter in place is lifted. This is such a crazy situation though and I am concerned that projects may be contaminated with the virus and I don't want to risk handling them so they can be put in the kiln. There is also the predicament of not having enough tools and glazes to distribute to 100 students. I am considering telling students we will no longer be working with clay...but wow, what a bummer. I can imagine it will get depressing reading articles and watching videos about ceramics without being able to ever touch clay. I am wondering what other ceramic's teachers are doing in this situation. Do we completely derail and just turn it into an art class where we can have more options to have them work with drawing, photography, found objects, and explore concepts? I would love to hear from other high school ceramics teachers on how they plan on moving forward.

Thanks,

Demetra

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I'm a retired art teacher.  There were times when I brought students in on problem solving process and this may be the time since the clay will be in their home.   If you gave them just one pound of clay, what would they create using hand building techniques?   Where and how would they set up for easy clean up.  What items do they have at home that could be used as basic tools?  How will they keep the clay moist when not working with it?   How will they set up a drying space,and at some point, how will this be transported to school for firing.      Make sure parents sign off on this plan.

Schools are sending meals home. Why not a pound of clay?

Just a thought

 

 

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4 hours ago, karenkstudio said:

I'm a retired art teacher.  There were times when I brought students in on problem solving process and this may be the time since the clay will be in their home.   If you gave them just one pound of clay, what would they create using hand building techniques?   Where and how would they set up for easy clean up.  What items do they have at home that could be used as basic tools?  How will they keep the clay moist when not working with it?   How will they set up a drying space,and at some point, how will this be transported to school for firing.      Make sure parents sign off on this plan.

Schools are sending meals home. Why not a pound of clay?

Just a thought

 

 

Sounds positive. I would even think of giving them an assortment of ideas for shapes that would require they research a few how to videos and then build their project.

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I also teach high school ceramics and have been told by my administrators that I cannot send clay home.  I am struggling with how to make the rest of the semester engaging and meaningful, with some actual hands-on 3D experiences for my students, in addition to the obvious watching videos and critiquing them.  

Here's what I have come up with so far:

1. creating works in my home studio, videotaping my works in progress, and then having them critique my technique ( i will do some "bad " examples as well as good techniques, so they can visually see the difference. ) yes, I know it's a video, but not a youtube!

2. speaking of youtube, though, " The Great Pottery Throw Down 'is a must-see reality TV show from BBC, where potters hone their skills with different, usually wheel-based clay challenges.   I plan on assigning some of these episodes to my students. check it out!  I binge-watched all of the seasons!

3. go on a digital field trip - check out Google Cultural Arts institute for virtual tours of museums around the world - and have the students curate their own ceramics exhibit in a powerpoint or google slide presentation. they or you! can choose a theme, time period, object (cups through history, coil forms through history, vase forms, surface decoration, examples of scraffitto, etc)

4. some ideas that are not directly utilizing clay, but will give a 3D experience:

         -  create Andy Goldsworthy -style sculptures and photograph and upload to google classroom

        -  use found objects/recyclable materials from their recycle bin (empty cereal boxes, plastic caps and bottles, etc) to create an armature to then paper mache over.  wheat paste can easily be made for paper mache.  themes might include animals ( I usually have my ceramics 1 students create an animal sculpture, so I think I will do this), or a high relief animal bust, or a 2D version of a master artist's painting, or....

        - i am contemplating having them make a salt dough recipe, just so they can practice the techniques we haven't gotten to yet.  I must say I am ambivalent about this, as it seems so "elementary school",  yet I think it would be therapeutic for them to actual wedge it and form it, and have some familiarity with clay as a medium.  Plus it's non-toxic.  And there are some pretty elaborate examples out there, of artists who have chosen to work with salt dough as a way of working in "clay" without a kiln, and with a low budget.          salt dough ideas include :  coil forms (wrap around a glass jar, which can be baked in the oven);  personal adornments - personalized pendant with symbols that represent themselves; earrings, bracelets, using patterns, stamping, piercing. these can be painted, or dyed with food coloring in process or "painted" after forming; patchwork platter - texture smaller slabs of clay and join/slump them into a plate or platter form; animal sculptures

 

That's all I've got for now.  I hope this helps to get your creative juices flowing!   Please let's keep the conversation going.  And remember - we can do this - we are creatives - we are best-equipped to think outside the box!

 

 

 

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Our school system has instructed us to prepare "enrichment" activities.  There will be no consequence if students do not do them and we are not to grade them.  Sooooooooooooooooooooo.  I think the only way I can get them to do anything is to make it fun.  I found a page that includes a number of games to do with clay.  I haven't heard for sure, but I don't see any reason I won't be able to send home a pound of clay.  https://artsandactivities.com/creativity-exercises-and-games-with-clay/    the page lists standards so it's possible to verify that you are actually adhering to ceramic standards and prove that you know what you are doing.  'Cause all we do is play in clay all day, right??  lol

 

 

 

 

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I am so glad this forum was suggested to me!  I have 2 classes of ceramics that have no way of getting clay. My class was 100% hands on so thank you baxter@fullchannel.net for the ideas.

I'll report back after trying some of the activities.

Thanks!

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I teach high school pottery.  They don’t have clay and won’t have it.  I said they can use play dough or paper mache (or whatever) if they want to or can.  Not all of my students will have the dough option but I love that idea! I will send them a recipe on the next round. (BTW.. my classes are about 90% boys)

I am having them do a sculptural plan with sketches from front, back, sides and top  and explanations, expected problems etc.

And I’m brainstorming about having them make plans for an over the top Rube Goldberg type toilet or sink.   

But that takes me through 2 weeks!   I love The Great Pottery Throw Down  idea but what about the kids without internet?

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I teach senior adults under a community college which offers zero unit ceramics courses in a Health services program.  With  the corona virus shutdown, I've  discussed  with another ceramics instructor the idea of having students work outside of the studio.  We discussed a major safety issue and we've decided not to encourage working outside of the studio environment.  The students can no longer go to a studio that's well-equipped that has safety rules, offers buying clay, clay tools, equipment like potters wheels and a slab roller, glazes and kilns.  The safety issue is wherever each student is working with clay at home, it maybe the kitchen, the patio, garage, etc.., will a student be able to control the making and inhaling of clay dust?  

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