Day 1: Introduce Picasso and cubism. Pass out the bird design sheet (not attached, see author's notes) and have students design three, patterned birds to choose from.
Day 2: Demo rolling slabs and scoring and slipping. Students need to cut out their bird and score on a wing and a beak. Then, take a straw and poke out two holes at the top (to add wire for hanging) and two holes at the bottom (to attach feet).
Day 3: Paint pattern with acrylic paint.
Day 4: Attach wire, pipe cleaners and twisted tissue paper to make tail feathers, a wire hanger and wire feet.
I don't have the exact issue number, but I originally saw this project in an old issue of Arts & Activities magazine.
I don't have a worksheet readily available for day 1, but all I did was quickly draw three half circles with a triangle beak on a piece of copy paper. I ran enough copies for everyone.
Sorry about the horrible photographs! I did these my first year of teaching and I didn't have a great camera then!
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
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art
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 different responses to specific artworks
Ceramics, Mixed Media
Hope20005/19/2013 at 04:59am
This looks like a fun project. Did you use air dry clay? I was thinking about doing it with stoneware and cutting the bird into 3/5 pieces, then mixing up the shapes and attaching by scratch and slip to a tile piece.
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