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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Ceramic Whistles

Created on December 29, 2021 by MrDigger

Using a small amount of clay, and simple tools, students can create a ceramic whistle.

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Students will create a 'pinch pot' whistle that actually makes sound.

Ceramic clay, kiln, popsicle sticks, sponge, plastic fork

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Teacher walks students through this procedure step by step.

Create two pinch pots and join them together. add a small coil extrusion onto the pot.

Using the popsicle stick, push through the coil extrusion into the cavity of the pot.

Create a 'sound hole' using the popsicle stick.

Adjust and check to make sure it makes sound.

Let dry completely and fire in the kiln. Glaze and refire

Does the whistle make noise? Did students decorate/add to the whistle shape to make it more interesting?


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

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art
[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 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

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

[9-12 Proficient] Students describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places
[9-12 Advanced] Students analyze common characteristics of visual arts evident across time and among cultural/ethnic groups to formulate analyses, evaluations, and interpretations of meaning

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Form, Proportion/Size