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Lesson Plan

Description

Students will examine artists that work with pairs (e.g., socks) and paired objects (e.g., salt and pepper shakers). They will create their own unique pair of items using air-dry clay, present their pair with a reflective artist statement, and participate in a peer critique.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about novelty ceramic salt and pepper shakers.

Students will learn how artists design objects in pairs.

Students will brainstorm their own pair to create out of air-dry clay.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Show students novelty ceramic salt and pepper shakers.
  • Explain how artists design objects in pairs.
  • Assign partners.
  • Lead students in a brainstorming activity about what creates a pair.

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National Standards


Create

Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.4a

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

VA:Cr3.1.3a

Revise artwork in progress on the basis of insights gained through peer discussion.

4.VA:Cr3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 15 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Air-dry clay & tools (sculpting tools, mat, water bowl)
  • Acrylic paint material (paint, brushes, palette, water cup)
  • Varnish
  • Optional: examples of decorative salt and pepper shakers

National Standards


Create

Brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.4a

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

VA:Cr3.1.3a

Revise artwork in progress on the basis of insights gained through peer discussion.

4.VA:Cr3

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Steps

Discuss & Brainstorm Ideas

Discuss how objects are often created in pairs, such as salt and pepper shakers. Discuss how artists also create objects in pairs. Brainstorm possible ideas for a paired sculpture with a peer. Sketch ideas and share with a peer for feedback.

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Instructional Materials

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Common Object Pairs

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How to Make Air Dry Clay Slip

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How to Join Clay

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Air Dry Clay Finishes

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5 Tips for Using Air Dry Clay

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Reflection

Artist Statement and Tag Template

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