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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan


Created on June 11, 2014 by Scorchard

A lesson from the Medieval Europe unit that teaches students additive clay construction. We use Magic Mud air dry clay because we don't have a kiln.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT use air dry clay to create additive sculptures
2. SWBAT describe the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque
3. SWBAT create texture using clay tools and impression methods

1. Magic Mud class pack (1 25lb box was enough for all of my students - about 25 kids)
2. Clay tools
3. Plastic bags (grocery bags work fine)
4. Water Spray bottles

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1. Show students a Keynote of gargoyle images (my Keynote included historical and contemporary gargoyles from the United States and Europe)
2. Go over the criteria
3. Provide each student with a fist sized lump of clay
4. Demonstrate scoring and smoothing techniques
5. Describe and Demonstrate proper clean up and clay storage processes (spritz clay with water and wrap tightly!)
6. Students are to 'sketch' with their ball of clay until they determine the final form of their gargoyle or grotesque

A common rubric (see previous posts)

See blog post for more photos of student work:

If stored properly Magic Mud is the best air dry clay that I've come across. If there is a weekend or several class periods between work on the sculptures damp paper towels can be wrapped around the gargoyles to keep them more moist between work time.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture

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

Medieval Art

Form, Texture


Geography, History/Social Studies, Multicultural Studies