BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Fallen Leaf Pottery
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Grade: 9th Grade
Class: Studio in Art
Author: Jennifer Moore
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryCulture & The Arts
Keywords: ceramic
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How can we create original ceramic pieces that reflect the inherent beauty of our Adirondack surroundings?
Context:

Students will need an opportunity to take an autumn walk/hike in a semi-wilderness/wilderness environment in order to collect the range of materials required by this challenge. On this walk/hike, students should collect natural materials and objects that interest them and are found only on the ground  - leaves, twigs, small stones, cones, and the like.

The Challenge:

With the guidance and assistance of your ceramics instructor, create an original, unique, and creative ceramic piece that is influenced and enhanced by the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. This work should somehow capture your sense of the essence of the Adirondacks. This piece of ceramic art should also be functional and of high quality and craftsmanship. Follow the process indicated below to create your ceramic work:

  • If it is helpful, sketch, out some ideas that indicate how your ceramic might look using the materials collected on your wilderness walk/hike.
  • Create a functional ceramic peice, using the potter's wheel or hand-rolled slabs of clay
  • Using your collected materials, make impressions in the clay, create patterns or motifs, or use objects as decorative drawing references.
  • As you approach the finishing stages of your ceramic piece, consider how you might use materials and especially color, to help your work embody the essence of its natural environment.
  • Display your piece using left over collected materials.
  • Once you have finished your work, participate in a class critique. Be prepared to share you work, discussing personal choices and describing significant steps in your creative process.

We will discuss the time parameters for this challenge in class.

Examples of Student Work

An Arts Forever Wild challenge

Quality Standards:

Ceramic piece is completed and ready for display on time

Ceramic piece incorporates materials/objects collected on walk/hike

Ceramic piece is original, unique, and creative.

Ceramic piece refects high quality craftsmanship.

Ceramic piece is functional

Ceramic piece somehow embodies the essence of the Adirondacks.

Participates in a class critique by presenting their work and answering questions.

Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Ceramic piece is completed and ready for display on time

Ceramic piece is made up of materials/objects collected on walk/hike

Ceramic piece is original, unique, and creative

Ceramic piece refects high quality craftsmanship

Ceramic piece is functional

Ceramic piece somehow embodies the essence of the Adirondacks

Participates in a class critique by presenting their work and answering questions.

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