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Prehistoric Ceramic Tiles

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will investigate methods that prehistoric artists used to create their artwork, including scratching and carving. Based on these techniques, students will create a ceramic tile using prehistoric motifs, sgraffito, and underglaze painting.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will create a ceramic tile using slab construction techniques.

Students will demonstrate scratching/carving methods (like sgraffito).

Students will experiment with and choose underglazes to add color to their composition.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce images from a variety of prehistoric sources.
  • Facilitate a discussion focusing on prehistoric art making techniques and how they have evolved.
  • Demonstrate how to roll and cut a tile slab from clay.
  • Explain the process of sgraffito, and provide several strategies for applying this process to this project.

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National Standards


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Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

25 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Clay
  • Canvas table cover
  • Clay tools (textural tools, a rolling pin, and a needle tool)
  • Glaze brushes
  • Underglaze
  • Clear glaze
  • Access to a kiln

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

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Steps

Review Sgraffito Technique

Review or practice sgraffito technique. Discuss how different marks convey different information.

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Basic Ceramics Vocabulary

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Advanced Ceramics Vocabulary

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Reference

What is Sgraffito?

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Formative

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Reflection

Artmaking Process Reflection

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