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Kimmy Cantrell Inspired Ceramic Tile Mural

Kimmy Cantrell Inspired Ceramic Tile Mural

By on Jun 3, 2014 | 2 comments

The most anticipated projects of the year for my sixth grade students is the theme selection and creation of a ceramic tile mural. Starting around January, the sixth grade teachers and I start bouncing around some ideas.  This year, we considered Egyptian Art (no gold underglaze available), Rainforest, Endangered Animals and a few more. I ended up with a Kimmy...

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Pinch Pot Animals for Kinder and First Grade

Pinch Pot Animals for Kinder and First Grade

By on Apr 9, 2014 | 22 comments

At the request of one of my Kinder teachers (who showed me a very cute ceramic cat and bird inspiration piece), I created a seemingly simple pinch pot lesson for my 3 Kinder Classes. My goal was to teach a basic clay pinch pot to my Kinders but create three different animals: a cat, a bird and a mouse. Here are the two inspiration pieces… Pretty cute, right? I...

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How to make a Coil Pot

How to make a Coil Pot

By on Oct 21, 2013 | 19 comments

Making coil pots is a standard practice in many art rooms, but for me, I held off teaching them for over six years. For some reason, they scared the dickens out of me.  I had seen far too many elaborate coil pots photographs that I couldn’t imagine my students completing a project of this scale in the time period that I had. My concerns were justified because...

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America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

America the Beautiful Ceramic Tile Mural

By on Jun 3, 2013 | 9 comments

Another year has passed and with it another ceramic tile mural graces our school’s inner courtyard. I can’t think of a better way for our graduating students to celebrate their years at elementary school than by creating their own personal art legacy. I have documented the process of creating these beautiful murals in my Ceramic Mural Project Booklet. I...

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America the Beautiful Mural…the beginning

America the Beautiful Mural…the beginning

By on Apr 26, 2013 | 8 comments

I’m in the planning stage of this year’s ceramic tile mural. A few weeks ago, a few 6th graders suggested that the mural theme have something to do with the United States. I was thinking that we might do a mural on Ancient Aztecs but after researching images, I decided that there wasn’t enough variety to sustain a mural. So I put some thought into...

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Pinch Pot Monsters

Pinch Pot Monsters

By on Jun 28, 2012 | 30 comments

I’m a planner. I like to be prepared. So whatever happened during those last few weeks of school that left me staring at  200 pieces of unglazed bisque, I’ll never know. I’m blaming Star Testing and the mutual decision to abandon the art schedule during testing and just tack 2 weeks on the end of the school year. Seemed perfectly fine, except I...

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