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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Clay Pinch Pot Animals

          Well, it's been quite a while since I've create a post.  We've been VERY busy in the art room!  Next year instead of teaching 1st through 5th grade art, I will be teaching kindergarten through 2nd grade.  Our schools are being transitioned around, so I'm in the middle of a huge learning process.  As of right now, I will not have a classroom next year.  At first, I was very disappointed.  It's not ideal, but I'm warming up to it - as best I can.  I'm still concerned about the logistics of moving my entire classroom & all of our supplies in to my art storage closet & what kind of great lessons I'm going to be able to teach.  I think that is definitely going to be what keeps me on my toes!  

          Back to why we're here:  all year long I've been uploading student artwork to Artsonia.com.  It's been a great experience!  The kids love seeing their artwork online.  

Here is our awesome school page:  http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=71936

          Now on Artsonia, you can create videos of the students' artwork through a site called Animoto.  If you're a teacher, you can even sign up for a free account.  So far, I've made four videos.  The kids were so excited to see their artwork in a video!  

Here's our newest video of our 2nd grade pinch pot animals: 

My Animoto Video

          This was a two- 45 minute class- lesson.  First day we created our pinch pots & slipped and scored on our body parts. I stressed the importance of slipping & scoring.  The students followed along step by step.  I told them they could create what ever animal they wanted.  Instead of having them put their name on the bottom, I tried a number system.  I gave them plastic sewing needles to scratch their number an class number in the bottom.  That way, rather than trying to read an illegible name, I only had to read an illegible number.  :)

          Day two we painted out pinch pots.  I should have stated that they couldn't paint any blood on their animals.... now I know & have learned my lesson!  I still think they turned out pretty cute, even if there's a little blood dripping from the shark's mouth.  :)

          Here are some of their creations.  These are the same pictures from the video before they were edited.








Hope you enjoy as much as we did!  

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