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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.

Bull

Shark

Tiger

Fish

Anglerfish

Lion

Monkey

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!  


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