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Clay Houses

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the elements of architecture by creating their own free-standing, three-dimensional clay house using slab building techniques. They will add interest to their piece using pattern and texture tools and finish the piece by adding color with glaze or paint.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore the elements of architecture and consider how to represent them.

Students will construct a free-standing architectural house using slab building techniques.

Students will design windows, doors, and roofs to carve out to add detail to the house.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion about the elements of architecture and how to represent them.
  • Demonstrate how to properly use slab construction to create a miniature house.
  • Show a variety of architecture examples as inspiration.
  • Teach glazing and painting techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Make art or design with various art materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

2.VA:Cr1.2

Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.

3.VA:Cr1.2

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

3.VA:Cr2.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Clay
  • Rolling pin & plastic knife
  • Pencils & black marker
  • Clay pattern/texture tools
  • Canvas mat
  • Scoring materials (toothbrushes, plastic forks, etc.)
  • Glaze or paint & paintbrushes
  • Drawing paper

National Standards


Create

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Make art or design with various art materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

2.VA:Cr1.2

Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.

3.VA:Cr1.2

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

3.VA:Cr2.1

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Steps

Draw Stencil

Draw a house on drawing paper using a pencil. Outline the house and details with a black marker. Cut out the house from the paper.

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Instructional Materials

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How to Join Clay

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Architectural Design of Homes

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Survey of Architectural Structures

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Reflection

Before and After: Self Assessment & Reflection

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