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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Clay House Tile

Created on May 15, 2012 by RuthByrne

Adorable clay project for lower primary grades. A flat house with texture & added details.

17 Keeps, 5 Likes, 2 Comments

3 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1.SWBAT combine shapes to make a complex form
2.SWBAT incorporate texture in their design
3.SWBAT use colors they glaze their pieces
4.SWBAT Score and slip, roll a slab,
5.SWBAT define kiln, firing, glazing, pintool
6.TSW contemplate art's role in everyday life
7.TSW observe and identify art elements in works of folk art,

1. Images of Grandma Prisbrey's bottle houses/ folk art house paintings
2. Textured stamps
3. Clay (cone 06)
4. Glaze (Amaco LG series, 06)

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1. Introduce&discuss; students to The decorative fronts of Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Houses.
2. Show students clay procedures and project process
3. Students will take a slab of clay, trace a square onto the slab with their pin tool, and then draw a triangle at one end of the square.
4. Students will use their pintool to cut out the shape of their house.
5. Students will take textured stamps and apply texture to the roof and body of the house. (I made these out of clay one year, they've held up well and have the kinds of textures that look great on a fun house)
6. Students will use their scrap slab to cut out windows, doors, porches, lamps, bushes etc. and score and slip to attach.
7. Discuss the properties of glaze
8. Students will use glazes of their choice to decorate their work.

Students will create a word cloud of "Clay words"


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

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

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

[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures

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

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art

Folk Art

Color/Value, Shape, Texture

Ceramics, Sculpture

  • MisterA2001 08/08/2012 at 12:22pm
    Going to try this lesson out but substitutes with Air Dry clay and acrylic paint. . .

  • Hope200 05/16/2013 at 10:12am
    I like the idea of using the textured stamps. That would be a fun lesson in itself. I also thought of making the window, door and roof tiles as a stamp instead of joining scraps. Thanks for the clay lesson for many grades!