Coil Pots

3rd graders used the score and slip technique to create coil pots.

3rd graders used the score and slip technique to create coil pots.

3rd graders in Mrs. Sheridan’s class used clay this afternoon to build coil pots!  We started by rolling a ball of clay and then flattening it to create a base.  Next, we rolled out coils of clay.  A lot of students are already familiar with rolling coils.  If you’ve ever rolled a snake out of Play-Doh, you’ve made a coil!  We learned the score and slip technique to attach our coils to the base securely.  Some students chose to attach a coil to the side of their pots to create a handle.  We will let the clay dry completely before it is fired in the kiln.  Afterwards, students will glaze their pots.  The rest of the 3rd grade classes will begin their coil pots soon!

3rd Grade Coil Pots

3rd grade glazed coil pots

3rd grade glazed coil pots

3rd graders have been working on their ceramic coil pots.  Students started by creating a simple pinch pot.  They then learned how to roll coils of clay.  It’s just like making a snake out of Play-dough, which a lot of them have done before!  We learned the very important score and slip technique to attach the coils to the pots.  In art, a score is a scratch or a shallow cut.  Slip is clay with water added to it — gloppy and fun!  Score and slip involves scratching the two pieces of clay you’d like to join together and using a paintbrush to gently brush slip onto the scratches.  This ensures everything is very securely joined.  One of the trickiest things for students to understand is that simply pressing two pieces of clay together is not always enough to attach them securely!  Some students used coils to add height to their pot, and others used it to make handles or lids.  They used extra clay to add details and decorations if they wished.  The pots were fired in the kiln last week, and Mrs. Frein’s and Mrs. Nigro’s classes glazed them today.  After one more trip to the kiln, they will be ready to go home!

GOTCHA Art

Ceramic Art Plaque

Ceramic Art Plaque

There are several ways students can earn extra art classes, and one way is with a GOTCHA.  Students receive a GOTCHA if they demonstrate exceptional teamwork, effort, respect, or responsibility.  At the end of each month, a drawing is held to select a GOTCHA recipient for a special reward.  Students whose names are drawn can choose from a variety of things, including extra art, music, or PE! GOTCHAs can also be given to an entire class.  I love when students choose extra art because we get a chance to do special projects.

Last year, half of Mrs. Pittore’s second graders chose extra art and half chose extra recess.  The students who came to art made ceramic plaques.  We used rolling pins to roll out slabs of clay, and cut out large ovals to form the base of our plaques.  We then cut letters and shapes from the clay.  Students used the score and slip technique to securely attach their designs to their bases.  Many students made a sign with their name or their initials, and one made a pizza with toppings!  Students who finished early chose to work together to make one plaque for Mrs. Pittore’s room and one for the art room — I couldn’t have been happier!  They thought hard about what Mrs. Pittore and I would like on our plaques, and worked together to create them for us.