Wednesday, December 29, 2010
"ME" clay boxes
Project Goal: Create a box that has symbols on all 4 sides and on the lid representing your personality.
Step 1: The students completed a worksheet answering basic questions to give them ideas for the symbols they'd put on the sides of their boxes. (Questions such as, What do you like to do in your free time? Who are the important people in your life? Favorite foods? Favorite time of year?, etc.) And on the bottom of the worksheet, they had to sketch ideas for each side of their box in 3 given rectangles and 2 given squares. You can see the worksheet in the picture above.
Step 2: Each student was given a pattern of a rectangle and a square. Using the pattern, they had to create 4 rectangles, for the bottom - long sides- and lid, and 2 squares for the short sides of the box. We used rails and wooden dowels for creating even slabs for cutting the shapes. (One class also made another small rectangle to attach to the base of the lid so it wouldn't move around and fall off the top of the box. The other class didn't do this step b/c we ran out of clay and their lids stayed on fine.)
"slip" to make the seams strong and smooth. I like to give students small medicine bottles full w/ slip, they're airtight and easy to store for future use. You can see boy holding one in the picture above.
slip and score their attached symbols well enough and they fell off, but we glued them back on. I also sprayed the finished boxes with clear gloss sealer.