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Recycled and Revised Marine Life

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use air-dry clay and hand-building techniques to create a marine animal or organism that is integrated with recycled components. They will display the clay forms and examine connections of personal responsibility and planet sustainability.

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Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, noting their use of recycled materials and juxtaposition.

Students will review select marine life animals and organisms.

Students will plan and develop segments of their marine life creation, taking into consideration recycled parts.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion about artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, highlighting their use of juxtaposition.
  • Present various marine life animals and organisms.
  • Guide the planning and ideation stages of creation, offering a collection of recycled elements.
  • Show creating the base using air-dry clay.

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National Standards


Create

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

5 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Air-dry clay & tools (sculpting tools, mat, water bowl)
  • Recycled materials
  • Acrylic paint material (paint, brushes, palette, water cup)
  • Glue

National Standards


Create

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Steps

Discuss & Analyze Artists

Discuss artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Analyze their use of juxtaposition and the environment.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

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How to Join Clay

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How To Make A Pinch Pot

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5 Tips for Using Air Dry Clay

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Air Dry Clay Finishes

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How to Make Air Dry Clay Slip

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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