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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Clay Totems

Created on November 30, 2015 by Me1issa08

This is a lesson I created for my Art I classes. We are building a series of totems in the school's sculpture garden.

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10+ sessions; 45 minutes per session

Students will hand build a clay totem based on their personality traits.
Students will incorporate several clay construction techniques into their totem.
Students will add descriptive words and a traditional totem animal to their design.

White paper
Glaze or stain of choice

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1. Complete planning sheet
2. Construct paper model
3. Check with paper model occasionally to keep size consistent.
3. Fire and Glaze

Students will be assessed based on attached rubric.

I plan on using a wash of iron oxide and a clear dipping glaze to finish these off and protect them from the Wisconsin weather. We will install the piece in the spring.


Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[9-12 Proficient] Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art

Oceanic Art

Form, Space, Texture


  • Cole1726 09/09/2016 at 10:38am
    This sounds great! Do you have pictures of the ceramic sculptures installed in the garden?