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Re: [art_education] Re: Year-End Ceramics Projects

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  • Linda Daumen
    Thanks so much for sharing those pics of the tree faces! I am definitely going to try this with my students. I think I understand about the wire. I agree that
    Message 1 of 11 , May 22, 2012
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      Thanks so much for sharing those pics of the tree faces! I am definitely going to try this with my students. I think I understand about the wire. I agree that is much easier to demonstrate than to write out the instructions. Have a great day and thanks again, Linda

      --- On Tue, 5/22/12, Brandy <bergiemoore@...> wrote:

      From: Brandy <bergiemoore@...>
      Subject: [art_education] Re: Year-End Ceramics Projects
      To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 8:28 AM

       
      I used a heavy duty wire I had around. It was 25 gauge- standard Lowe's variety wire. It turned a darker color once fired and was fine, but did not like to be wiggled much or rebent too many times after firing. You could move it/rebend it a maximum of about four times, and after that, it would be become too brittle and snap off. So it should be well placed (centered), inserted corrected (right side up) and bent into a "U" shape with the tips of the "u" bent down and up again so they are firmly anchored into the clay but allow a nail to catch it. We inserted them with an upward curve of the wrist and then patted the clay over it and allowed them to dry face down. This worked better than pushing it straight down and covering it with clay. (A little hard to type out, much easier to demonstrate :) If any came out (only 1 child's did on 2 of her three pieces), we used a bit of gorilla glue on them to put it back in place.
      Here are my elementary students tree faces.
      http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=262977

      I plan on using this project next year as a novel way to explore facial expression while teaching Leonardo DiVinci.
      Regards,
      Brandy

      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Linda Daumen <ldaumen@...> wrote:
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      > Those tree faces sound awesome! What type wire did you use as I assuming it was imbedded in the clay prior to firing.
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      > Thanks Linda
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      > --- On Mon, 5/21/12, Brandy <bergiemoore@...> wrote:
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      > From: Brandy <bergiemoore@...>
      > Subject: [art_education] Re: Year-End Ceramics Projects
      > To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Monday, May 21, 2012, 9:17 AM
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      > Gargoyles are a favorite to paint. We have also made those tree faces. It works better with the earthy high grog clays, but any color will do. Just be sure to implant a good piece of wire before you fire. We dug out holes on the back one year, and they didn't stay on the trees well.
      > Brandy
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      > --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "mykgerard" <chainwheel@> wrote:
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      > > this may be too late of a response, but my last clay project are clay creatures/figurines that are not glazed. I have the students paint hem with acrylic paint coated with a glossy medium instead of glazing... It looks great and actually allows for more detail than glaze... and also you get to fire the clay once less which particularly helps seniors who are trying to get the heck out of there.. ;)
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      > > Warmest regards
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      > > -Myk
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      > > --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "catyo55" <cjoneal5@> wrote:
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      > > > Hi Everyone,
      > > > I'm nearing the end of my first year of teaching Ceramics. Does anybody have suggestions for assignments during the last few weeks when we can't be working with clay due to drying and firing time restraints? My tentative plan is that they finish sculpting their last clay assignment roughly 3 weeks before exams start so that they have time to dry before firing. I need a short final unit that they can be working on while they wait for these projects to be ready for glazing...
      > > > Thanks!
      > > > Caitlin
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